If not, Wellnitz can usually spot stolen parts, “The first question we'll ask is 'Where did you get it from?' And you can usually read people, whether or not it was stolen or not."
Behr has monthly training sessions to teach employees how to spot stolen scrap metal. Jim Barbagallo is Behr’s Senior Account Executive: "In Rockford, the number one problem today is crime. It starts here. And again, if we're buying stolen goods, we're part of the problem."
Their solution? Keep a paper trail on everyone who comes in. They even record all transactions on video. That way, if needed, they can easily give information and even suspect pictures to the police. Barbagallo says, “It's proactive. They realize there's a collaborative program going on and we can work better together than we can separately."
Since starting the training ten years ago, the amount of stolen metal brought into Behr has decreased from twice a week to twice a month. Wellnitz explains, “It's happening a lot a lot less at Behr, just because we cover our tracks."
"Even though the amount of stolen scrap metal being brought into this Behr facility has decreased over the past decade, officials still say there's a problem of other facilities around the state of Illinois that don't check to see if their scrap metal being brought in is actually stolen or not. They just want to turn a profit as quickly as possible.
There are significant consequences for stealing scrap metal. Depending on the amount stolen, offenders can be charged with a felony.