By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
Councilman Jorge Vera, supported by his colleague Mike Garza, wants to impose a set of rules to these establishments to avoid buying stolen goods. One rule is the requirement of photo identification to those who are trying to sell their items.
In recent months, city officials have dealt with a serious problem of theft of copper tubing and hardware.
In fact, the Laredo Fire Department was one of the agencies most affected due to thieves stealing hydrant caps and heavy metals that could be sold.
Also, the local water system has been the constant victim of theft of temporary meters that are placed in new subdivisions.
Each home unit will cost $1,500 and more than 50 have already been stolen.
Those who have also been affected by these thieves are home and apartment builders because they steal expensive piping and wiring, causing serious losses in their projects.
After receiving numerous complaints, Vera proposed to impose certain rules to businesses engaged in the purchase of metals.
In his opinion, if criminals cannot sell what they steal, the offenses will cease.
Edited by: C.R.