October 21, 2017
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  • Anonymous

    I have some scrap metal for them, its called lead backed up by some gun power.

  • Anonymous

    They need to go after the scrapyards.

    • Anonymous

      The scrap yards can not tell from looking at copper pipe which is stolen and which isn’t. What they need to do is make it mandatory that anyone that sells $500 or more of material to a scrap yard is issued a 1099 at the end of the year. A lot of the individuals that are doing this for a living are doing it because scrap metal is unreported income. We have a licensed salvage yard and are required to pay taxes on the income we make, but these individuals do not. I know a guy that makes about $2,000 – $5,000 a week but does not claim any of the income because his way of thinking is “it is my money, I am not paying taxes on that”. Wish I could do that.

  • Tom

    What is “shinny” copper?

    • Guest

      It’s similar to the restaurant menu that says “Fine Dinning”.  (I’ve seen one)

  • Harry H Snyder III

    Dutch Elm disease still a problem in Maine!

    As long as scrapyards, crooks and metal exist …

    • Anonymous

      We just cut one of the last Elm,  last year.  We still have crooks.  Mr. Snyder,  lets for one moment remember the good ‘ol days…..

      • Harry H Snyder III

        Amen!

    • Anonymous

      Huh?

  • Anonymous

    Park a state police cruiser outside every scrap metal yard…theft will drop 99%.

    • Ben Hutchins

       Every other crime will jump significantly, because you’ll have every cop in the state hanging around outside junkyards, but hey.  Can’t make an omelet, etc.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      NO;  Actually you get more money….significantly more…. by driving your scrap to Massachusetts.

  • Guest

    “Pawn Brokers” , Scrap Metal Yard Operators, etc.  
     Hard to decide on just who is the bigger scum.

  • Anonymous

     ” Shinny; a variation of hockey played by children with a curved stick and a ball or block of wood.”  Merriam-Webster
     American media is the most effective in the world.  Go Mitt?

    • Anonymous

      Sorry,  I picked on the messenger,  instead of the message.  BDN,  as a privately owned informational news outlet,  has every right to censor any opinions it sees fit.

      • Anonymous

        Agree, however they put up the rules on posting, so they should follow their own rules and they do not even come close.

  • Guest

      How about the thiefs? They should all be shot in the feet (both) so they can’t run any more.

  • Anonymous

    Many landlords are having problem with people replacing the copper pipes with PEX tubing.

    Maybe they should have laws similar to pawn shops, in which the scrap yard purchases stolen metal the scrap yard loses out. Do they not find it even the slight bit suspicious when someone tries to sell them enough copper pipes to pipe an entire house?

    • Guest

      Uh, did you read the article?  Most of it was about just that.

  • Anonymous

    License all the people wishing to do business with the scrap yards. Get the name and address of where the metal came from before you give them any money. Just like wood cutters have to do.  This cut way down on stealing other people’s wood, it would work the same for metal. Oh yeah, and put some teeth in the law when they do get caught.

  • Old Bear

    They haul junk metal by the house 6 days a week and the lose about a ton of  it throughout the week. So what we suppose to do give it to the town or what. But stealing copper from Bangor Hydro is prettying dumb. So if the employee’s are the one’s and taking copper and taking chance of  losing a jobs making 35k to 60k per year. how dumk is that. If Bangor Hydro is losing 35k of copper per year they have a problem with there staff. 

  • Guest

    ….

  • Anonymous

    Scrap dealers know addicts want to sell stolen metal… They must be monitored closely and arrested as well as the seller…

  • Subway paid placement again with LePage doing his $5 footlong pose.

  • anonme 527

     Combine people with  few job prospects, limited education and the usual array of personal and social problems and what happens? Self medicate to feel better. Steal to get by. Lets face it, people do what they need to do to survive. When under-privileged people (heck, when any given population) in Maine have hope for a decent and secure future then, and only then will this type of activity be minimized. Until that time, its going to increase costs for insurance, construction, law enforcement, and social programs. That’s the real effect of trickle-down economics.
    Criminals do this for drugs, they say. Why are painkilling drugs more addictive than heroin legally available through pharmacies (now being routinely robbed) and why has our government and our society as a whole failed to tighten restrictions on such dangerous and exploitative substances while still failing to stem the flow of illegal drugs into our country? We cannot regulate through our medical system so consequently, we regulate using police power. You know, after the damage has been done: Our government has approved the business of trade in potent medical narcotics (late 1980’s) ,a doctor has written the fraudulent prescription, a drug company has manufactured the narcotic, and an enterprising loser has made a business of selling them underground, but the down-and-out schmuck who was dumb enough, depressed enough, or stressed enough to get addicted and commit a crime to support addiction constitutes the danger to our society? When was the last time a clueless or careless doctor was the subject of a law-enforcement effort? A pharmaceutical executive? We have bigger issues to think about than a bunch of thieves. Were they wrong to do this? Yes, but lets face it, they are a symptom, not the root cause.

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