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Mayor Parker gets tough on gold thefts

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

In an effort to crackdown on gold thefts, Mayor Annise Parker is considering several proposals.

The recommendations include fingerprinting gold sellers, requiring them to show ID and taking pictures of the items.

Parker said the plan is modeled after another policy in place when selling other metals.

"It's actually harder to sell a piece of copper pipe than it is a piece of gold jewelry right now because we've had such a problem with metal theft of copper over the years.  We've cracked down on it."

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland supports the initiative, saying precious metals are melted within hours of being sold, making it easy for thieves to get away.

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