Montgomery Passes Two Ordinances to Curb Copper Theft

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- The Montgomery city council has passed two new ordinances in hopes of curbing copper thefts.

The first ordinance reaffirmed the fact that stealing, receiving or disposing of stolen copper is a crime.

Depending on the number of violations, a person could receive up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

The second ordinance forces copper dealers to take a picture of the person selling the copper and maintain it for a year.

Then, they must pay for all purchases with a check.

The seller won't receive payment until after at least 24 hours after the purchase.

The new laws go into effect in 30 days.