JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has already warned scrap metal thieves that authorities were watching to ensure they do not steal from flooded homes and businesses. Now others, even some outside the state, are joining in that watch.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation, Secretary of State’s Office and local law enforcement officials say they will be on the lookout for looters transporting or gutting scrap metal from homes and businesses vacated due to flooding.
“It’s hard enough for flood victims dealing with the devastation of their homes being damaged by high flood waters,” said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. “Working with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, MDOT Law Enforcement, Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement, we hope to increase the level of security for victims’ property by patrolling residential areas near the river crossings.”
As part of this joint effort, state and local law enforcement agencies in counties affected by flooding have been working in conjunction with law enforcement officials and scrap metal dealers in Louisiana and Arkansas. This multi-state effort will beef up patrols in areas where thieves may attempt to transport and sell stolen scrap metal across state lines and within the state.”
Law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for suspicious scrap metal loads and covered transports, which may be hauling stolen scrap metal within Mississippi and across state lines.
An increased law enforcement presence will also be maintained at the Lula Weigh Station on U.S. 49, in Greenville on U.S. 82., in Bovina on Interstate 20 and in Natchez.