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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.

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