AZ Bill seeks to rein in burgeoning business of pallet theft

Arizona Daily Star
Thursday, March 20, 2011

House Bill 2168 was passed last week by the Arizona legislature and is awaiting action in the Senate.  The bill would require records to be available for inspection by police and would make violations of the requirements a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $30,000 for each violation.

Arizona companies supplying non-alcoholic beverages lose about 500,000 beverage shelves to theft every year, each worth at least $45 if they are made of wood and more if they are plastic, said Mike Gardner, executive director of the Arizona Beverage Association.

He hopes the change would make salvage companies question whether their suppliers really own the containers, some of which carry logos for companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

“You’re not allowed right now to buy a stolen vehicle, yet these people right now are allowed to sell property that clearly doesn’t belong to them,” Gardner said.

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