Nearly everyone knows a person or business harmed by metal theft. While the lost metal is expensive, repairing the collateral property damage during the theft is often more so. We want to be certain that a new law affects just the bad guys and not your neighbor or family member who hauls scrap metal for legitimate purposes.
The 2009 Oregon Legislature created the crime of “Unlawfully Transporting Metal Property”. The law requires people, who transport metal to a scrap metal business on a public highway, to complete a short form called a “Metal Transportation Certificate”. If the person does not have the certificate on hand, they can be charged with the new class C misdemeanor crime that carries a penalty of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.
If you plan to transport metal or know someone who might, make sure that the driver completes the Metal Transportation Certificate. You may also pick up a transportation certificate at your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, 225 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR during regular business hours. Your deputies look forward to using this new tool to help combat metal theft.
You can refer to the Oregon State Police webpage through our link under “Other Helpful Links” and download the Metal Hauling Certificate for your convenience at www.lincolncountysheriff.net/metal_haul_certificate.pdf
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