The Franklin and Benton prosecutor's offices have distributed a no-buy list to recycling companies throughout the Mid-Columbia to halt the sale of stolen metal in the region.
Other county and court officials helped build the list, which includes names of people convicted in the past four years for crimes involving drugs, burglary, robbery, theft, possession of stolen property or of controlled substances, such as ephedrine or pseudoephedrine.
Metal thefts have been reported from construction sites, farms and other areas and can result in increased consumer costs but also safety concerns, according to a news release from the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office.
Officials said that if a business buys scrap metal from anyone on the list, that business may be cited for a gross misdemeanor.
"This list went out last week to our community recycling companies and we have already received feedback that the list is working," the release said.