The Bureau of Reclamation's Hoover Dam Police Department in cooperation with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrested two individuals on July 5, 2011 for allegedly stealing copper wire from power structures. Separately, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested an individual on July 6 with a garage full of stolen goods including copper, aluminum, car parts and air conditioners.
"The good part about these stories is that none of the individuals arrested in these cases were able to sell their stolen scrap metal to a Las Vegas area recycler," explained Stolberg. "AAEQ and other Las Vegas recyclers remain committed to working hard together with law enforcement and prosecutors to help solve this community-wide problem."
To demonstrate its commitment to solving metal theft crimes, three years ago AAEQ invested in a point-of-purchase system called Scrap Dragon that videotapes scrap metal sales, takes scanned fingerprints and gives separate IDs to each scrap seller. After a completed transaction, sellers receive a coupon which can be redeemed at an on-premise ATM, which also captures their image.
AAEQ is a member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), an organization that works hard to combat metal theft and works with government agencies to craft reasonable regulations that will help keep recyclers in business while cracking down on illegal sales.
For more information on AAEQ, contact visit www.aaeqscrap.com or phone (800) 426-8771. To learn more about the scrap recycling industry and its efforts to combat materials theft, visit http://www.isri.org/
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About AAEQ Manufacturers and Recyclers
AAEQ Manufacturers and Recyclers is a comprehensive company that provides leadership in the automotive parts remanufacturing, manufacturing and recycling industries under its AA Midwest, EngineQuest (EQ) and TransmissionQuest (TQ) divisions. With locations in Chicago and Las Vegas, AAEQ has been family owned and operated since 1949 and continues to be known for its outstanding customer service and high degree of integrity. AAEQ is one of the largest scrap metal recyclers on the West Coast. The company also operates an auto recycling facility in Blue Island, Ill. For more information, visit http://www.aaeq.net.