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Aug. 23, 2012ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: AP

Copper Theft Photos

Officials in St. Joseph are considering a new tactic in the war against copper thefts: photographs.

Police and city officials are weighing whether to require businesses that buy metal to keep photographic logs of all sellers and their goods. The businesses would upload the photos to an online reporting system. St. Joseph Police Cmdr. Jim Connors says the logs would make it easier to match copper thefts with people selling copper. Police say thieves are increasingly making quick hits by stealing copper tubing that connects large air conditioners to buildings. It's an expensive crime for the victims. A social services agency in St. Joseph puts the damage at roughly $4,200 from the theft of 5 feet of copper at one of its buildings.