ATLANTA – (WAOK/AJC) – Investigators continue to round up almost a hundred suspects, wanted in a metro Atlanta auto theft ring. Local, state and federal investigators took part in ‘Operation Heavy Metal’ where authorities say the suspects would steal older model cars then sell them for scrap metal. They say the group preferred older model cars, because they were heavier, but mainly because, scrap metal yards do not check the titles for cars at least 12 years old. There is legislation in the general assembly that would address that so called loophole, and make it more difficult for people to sell parts for scrap metal. Investigators say more than 300 older cars have been stolen in the metro Atlanta area, in the past 2 years.
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Papo, a metal scavenger, picks up copper taken from an old air conditioner June 13, 2006 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Theft of copper is at the highest it has have been in a decade, and includes such items as electrical wires, vases from grave markers and plumbing pipes. Copper is currently down 25 percent from a record $8,800 on May 11, but prices have doubled in the past year. It was recently found that a massive fire in Greenpoint, Brooklyn last month was started by scavengers burning the protective coating off copper wire. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)