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Missouri law encourages junk car theft, police say


A revised law which took effect last year in Missouri could now be causing a rise in auto thefts.

Missouri law says it is legal to sell a nonfunctioning vehicle that is 10 years or older without a title.

(See "Police: law encourages thieves to steal old cars")

St. Louis-area police say the revised law is encouraging thieves to steal older cars and sell them for scrap. The lawmaker who proposed the change says the law was intended to help rural landowners get rid of junk cars on their property.

And local salvage yard owners say they agree with the law.

"Somebody has had something back in their field that they want to get rid of because the prices are higher," Virgil Lackey, Owner of Lackey Auto Salvage, said. "Some of these older trucks are bringing in 3,4,500 dollars and that's just money for them."

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says they've had a few incidents of thieves stealing cars for parts, but it's not a big problem in the area.

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