The state Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Mike Waugh, R-Shrewsbury Township, that would amend the Crimes Code to establish and define the offense of theft of secondary metals, according to a news release.
Such metals are often targeted for their value for recycling, according to the release.
The offense would be a misdemeanor of the third degree when the value of the metal is less than $50, a misdemeanor of the second degree if the value of the metal is between $50 and $200, a misdemeanor of the first degree if the value of the metal is between $200 and $1,000 and a felony of the third degree when the value of the metal is more than $1,000, according to the release.
S.B. 688 was approved May 6. It still needs to be passed by the House.
Under current law, the offense would be classified as the general crime of theft by unlawful taking, which carries a lesser charge than what Waugh is proposing, according to the release.