Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th)says it is all about money, and he is right. The average current scrap price for brass is a $1.25 per pound. Given the 3-pound weight of each mailbox cover, a dozen of them could bring $45.Here are some earlier posts on this subject to check out!
Sawyer wants to tighten up the laws governing scrap metal companies, to make it more risky for them to buy stolen goods.
“Give them heavy disincentives for those that are illegally obtaining these items and those that are illegally accepting them,” he says.
Sawyer agrees that arresting the thieves ”would be a wonderful thing, but you’ve got to catch them.”