SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The city of Sacramento is cracking down on metal thieves.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has have now assigned a full-time detective to metal thefts in the area.

In just the last couple of weeks, 75 manhole covered have been stolen for scrap. The owner of Ming’s Recycling tells CBS13 he turned people away for trying to sell the city and county-owned covers.

“It’s costly to be in compliance, said Kenny Luong, owner of Ming’s Recycling. “It’s not difficult, it’s just costly.”

Metal recyclers will soon be able to send their purchase records electronically instead of by mail to the sheriff’s office.

Comments (7)
  1. still kicking says:

    “It’s costly to be in compliance, said Kenny Luong, owner of Ming’s Recycling.

    What’s that mean? You get threats from customers if you don’t buy their stolen copper? You don’t make as much money? I don’t exactly get the costly part of being honest.

  2. Two Tacos says:

    We’re coming for you..Latinos. Stop stealing chit, As if you were in Messico or la

  3. gna says:

    It’s easy to understand that guy’s motive, and that is he wants to be paid for being honest, instead of doing his civic duty he is hinting for a raise . . . now that takes some real gall.

  4. URFULOFIT says:

    He says he’s had to “turn people away” trying to sell the covers. Hey, thanks for writing down a license number, a$$ hole! I think this guy is dirty. He’s probably one of the main clearinghouses in the area.

  5. Hank A. says:

    Some low life thief comes in and attempts to sell even one man hole cover, call the cops right there and then right down a description of the thief and all the info about the vehicle he’s driving. Is that so hard ????????

  6. stan atkinson says:

    You mean to tell me that Ming couldn’t go out and get vehicle license plate #’s of those trying to cash in the metal? Some loser he is.

  7. stan atkinson says:

    Betcha Ming is in on it!

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