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.