Warren councilman targets metal thieves - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Warren councilman targets metal thieves

Posted: Updated:

WARREN, Ohio - Copper thieves strike a Warren business, leaving them in the dark. It's one of at least 60 cases filed, where crooks are on the hunt for precious metals.

An employee reports to police the electricity was out when she arrived at work this week at a beauty shop on Park Avenue. Ohio Edison crews determined copper wires and an electricity meter were stolen and the source of the outage.

But businesses aren't the only targets.

"We don't see just individual houses, we are literally seeing entire areas being devastated,"  says Eddie Colbert, Ward 7 city councilman.

Colbert plans to propose legislation that would require anyone selling scraps for cash to have or legally get a permit.

"What I'm looking to do is require a permit basically showing that you had the authorized authority to do the type of work that would allow you to obtain those types of materials legally," Colbert says.

Colbert believes the safety of Warren communities needs to remain the city's top priority, but understands some may not agree with this measure.

He hopes surrounding cities take notice and adopt similar plans.

"I believe that this problem is much bigger than municipality, this is a major issue that can only be properly handled if this was a state-wide ordinance," he says.

Colbert plans to propose the measure when council returns to session this fall.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:04:19 GMT
    A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.More >>
    A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.More >>
  • State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:30:13 GMT
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.More >>
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.
    More >>
  • Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:23:42 GMT
    Courtesy:  NBC NewsCourtesy: NBC News
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms