Local law enforcement point to drug abusers who steal to support their habit.
After a brief decline around Christmas, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender says metal thefts are up again.
Lavender believes most of these types of thefts are related to illegal drugs, and how abusers need to steal to support their habits.
State law requires a photo ID and proof of ownership as to what scrap is being sold, but many thieves are still working around the law to sell their stolen items.
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