Roswell recycling plant turning away potential thieves

Posted at: 07/17/2013 5:58 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some people showing up to a Roswell recycling plant are being told to leave.  In fact one employee told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they are turning away people every single day.

If you have something stolen, there is a chance it could end up at one of the recycling centers.

"Wherever they can sell it, they'll sell it," said Carlos Williams, an employee at Double K Recycling.

Copper has been a hot item in Roswell and thieves have been taking it from wherever they can get it.

"Extension cords, they're going up poles, stealing battery cables," said Williams.

Williams told KOB that Double K Recycling won’t be buying the stolen goods.  In fact, Williams said they’ve got a process in place to weed out possible thieves.

"First thing we ask them for is their id, make sure it’s valid. If it's not valid, we won't buy it," said Williams.

They’ll also put their sellers through a little test, asking them questions about the copper they bring in.

 "What grade is it? Is it number 2, is it clean brass, is it yellow brass? But if they don't know then we just send them on their way."

Williams said they turn away at least 4 or 5 people every day, but even though they are watching, there’s only so much they can do.

"We are very careful, we try to be but some of them do slip through," said Williams.

Roswell Police said they still get reports of stolen items every day, but the number of copper thefts has gone down since last Spring.