KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new proposed ordinance in Kansas City, Missouri targets a state law that some point to as contributing to a spike in car thefts.
Currently, in Missouri, you don’t need a title to sell a car that is 10 years or older to a scrap or salvage yard since 2012 when the state law was changed.
Since that time, law enforcement has seen an increase in auto thefts coinciding when that law took effect.
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“An increase, a steady increase in the theft of automobiles,” said Corporal Nate Bradley with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Since 2012, Bradley saw a 61 percent uptick in auto thefts and believes some thieves are taking advantage of this law.
“We have seen that there are some nefarious organizations or loosely banded together groups of criminals that specifically target some older vehicles and take them right into the shredder and some of them have made significant amounts of money,” said Bradley.
Co-owner of ALL-N-1 U Pull and Metal Recycling, Dennis Roberts said some of his customers don’t have a title but they make sure to do all the leg work and see if it’s stolen by putting it in a database and waiting three days before paying the customer.