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Metro Police impound vehicle used to transport stolen copper and other items after break in on Craig Avenue

Tuesday December 31, 2013

For immediate Release:
LLouisville Metro Council
Contact: tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

ouisville – The day after Christmas, Fourth Division officers of Louisville Metro Police impounded a vehicle used to transport stolen copper and other items after the report of a break in on Craig Avenue.

The impoundment is the first of its kind since the Metro Council amended the scrap metal ordinance last year.

“The same impoundment process used for illegal dumping has been adapted for any vehicle used to transport stolen metals,” said Councilman David James (D-6), who sponsored changes to the scrap metal ordinance. “Our intent is to make metal theft very costly for those who commit the crime the same way the Council has made illegal dumping costly.”

On December 26, acting on a report of a break in at 3530 Craig Avenue, officers found three people sitting in a Jeep at the rear of the property. There were several items inside the Jeep, including copper plumbing, that witnesses who reported the break in saw being taken from the house. Inside the house, officers found the area where the copper plumbing had been removed.

Two men and one woman were arrested on Second Degree Burglary Charges and officers impounded the Jeep.

“I want to thank the residents of this area who saw something out of the ordinary and quickly called police,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “I also want to thank the officers on the scene who were able to use this new law as it was intended. It sends a very strong message to those who break the law.”

“We are grateful to Metro Council for giving us another tool to help our officers and keep our city and citizens safe,” Chief Steve Conrad of Louisville Metro Police. “It is also another example of the citizens and police department working together”.

The Metro Council first approved the impounding of vehicles used for illegal dumping in 2012. The impoundment of a vehicle transporting stolen metals was added to the scrap metals ordinance in August that same year.

Here is the ordinance:

Lou. Metro Ord. No. 132-2012, approved 8-1-2012)

§ 115.127 IMPOUNDMENT OF VEHICLES USED TO TRANSPORT STOLEN METALS.

§ 115.127 IMPOUNDMENT OF VEHICLES USED TO TRANSPORT STOLEN METALS.

Metro Government may impound a motor vehicle used to transport stolen metals or stolen motor vehicles to a secondary metals recycler for a period of not more than 12 months. The impoundment period imposed will be determined by the court during the adjudication of the underlying criminal charges and/or ordinance violations. The size and nature of the violation shall be factors considered by the court in determining the length of impoundment. The court may order impoundment of a motor vehicle used to transport stolen metals or stolen motor vehicles to a secondary metals recycler. Fees incurred for towing, handling, and storage of the impounded motor vehicle, set forth in LMCO § 72.062, shall be imposed against the responsible party during the adjudication of the underlying criminal charges and/or ordinance violations.

(Lou. Metro Ord. No. 132-2012, approved 8-1-2012) Penalty, see § 115.999

Sponsors:
David James (D) 6
Marianne Butler (D) 15