Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
announced this morning a metal theft prevention program
Rutledge, joined by officials of the Farm Bureau and AT&T, said her office would train local law officers in theft detection and use her own staff to conduct undercover operations to ensure that scrapyards are registering and reporting transactions.
Rutledge said Arkansas ranked fifth in the nation for insurance claims for metal theft. Farmers have been hard hit with thefts from irrigation systems that costs thousands of dollars, but yield only a few hundred dollars in scrap metal.
Fines for failure to register transactions can be up to $1,000 for each offense.