TRENTON – A Trenton Assemblyman wants recent scrap metal thefts investigated by the Attorney General.
The request by Reed Gusciora, (D-15), which involves several incidents, including one at a historic Baptist church in the state capital, comes about a month and a half after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have required scrap metal dealers to keep better records of their dealings.
That bill, which was vetoed over concerns of burdensome record-keeping for small businesses, would have helped establish paper trails that would have made it easier to track stolen items, supporters said during hearings.
In calling today for an investigation into thefts that have occurred over the last few months, Gusciora said, “The best way to deter would-be thieves is to send a clear message that they don’t stand to profit from these exploits.
“To do that, we need to stop businesses from knowingly accepting scrap metal that is likely stolen,” Gusciora said. “This accountability needs to come from the top down so I hope the Attorney General’s office will work with us on this matter.”
In the letter to the AG, Gusciora said that “scrap businesses seem too eager to accept obvious stolen goods.”