Section 13A-8-33

Law enforcement officers authorized to place hold on certain sales of metals.

(a)(1) Whenever a law enforcement officer has reasonable suspicion to believe that any item of metal property in the possession of a secondary metals recycler has been stolen, the law enforcement officer, may issue a hold notice to the secondary metals recycler. The hold notice shall be in writing, shall be delivered to the secondary metals recycler, shall specifically identify those items of metal property that are believed to have been stolen and that are subject to the notice, and shall inform the secondary metals recycler of the information contained in this section.

(2) Upon receipt of the notice, the secondary metals recycler may not process or remove the items of metal property identified in the notice, or any portion thereof, from the place of business of the secondary metals recycler for 15 calendar days after receipt of the notice by the secondary metals recycler, unless sooner released by a law enforcement officer.

(b)(1) No later than the expiration of the 15-day period, a law enforcement officer after receiving additional substantive evidence may issue a second hold notice to the secondary metals recycler, which shall be an extended hold notice. The extended hold notice shall be in writing, shall be delivered to the secondary metals recycler, shall specifically identify those items of metal property that are believed to have been stolen and that are subject to the extended hold notice, and shall inform the secondary metals recycler of the information contained in this section.

(2) Upon receipt of the extended hold notice, the secondary metals recycler may not process or remove the items of metal property identified in the notice, or any portion thereof, from the place of business of the secondary metals recycler for 30 calendar days after receipt of the extended hold notice by the secondary metals recycler, unless sooner released by a law enforcement officer.

(c) At the expiration of the hold period or, if extended in accordance with this section, at the expiration of the extended hold period, the hold is automatically released and the secondary metals recycler may dispose of the metal property unless other disposition has been ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(d) Any person who intentionally violates the requirements of subsection (a) or (b) shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor for a first offense, a Class A misdemeanor for a second offense, and a Class C felony for a third or subsequent offense within a 10-year period.

(Act 2007-451, p. 930, §4; Act 2012-426, p. 1149, §1.)