KENNEWICK, Wash. -- What do farmers, construction workers, and utility companies all have in common? The answer is metal theft.
Thousands of dollars in damage is caused by the problem. Now a new bill would make thieves responsible for damage they create as well as the value of the metal stolen.
House bill 2570 would create stricter penalties for metal thieves by making them responsible for payment of damaged caused in the crime as well as the value of the metal.
"They're going through a lot of effort for something that isn't worth quite that much money. Yes, copper prices have risen and it does make it attractable, but it's just not worth it," says Diana Anderson of Frontier Communications.
Frontier has been the victim of metal theft in the past. They say they plan to add more cameras to prevent future crimes.
The bill has passed both the house and senate, and the governor is expected to sign it.