New law to combat metal thefts taking effect July 1st

A new law takes effect July 1st after thousands across the state have been victimized by theft of copper wiring and catalytic converters.

Mississippi law enforcement will now have additional tools at their disposal to deter this crime, including increased fines and other financial penalties as well as increased minimum sentences.

Across the state, businesses, residents, churches, and many other groups have been victimized by this specific theft. State lawmakers worked closely with scrap-metal dealers and law enforcement to enhance current laws and provide consistency in reporting and record-keeping for dealers across the state.

These metal crimes have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, but this new law hopes to change that.

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