Law May Deter Cemetery Thefts
The new law goes into effect November 1.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma cemetery industry leaders say a new state law may provide new deterrence against thieves who rob grave sites of metal objects.
A portion of the measure that was signed last month by Governor Brad Henry requires sellers to provide proof, such as a receipt, that they legally obtained any item coming from a grave marker or stamped by a cemetery.
It also requires more stringent record-keeping in general from buyers, no matter the source of the metal. The new law goes into effect November 1.
Cemetery operators say they've been fighting thefts of bronze vases on grave markers for several years, coinciding with a sharp rise in copper prices.
Officials say copper prices are hovering between $3 and $4 per pound.