In this case the scrapyard owner turned them in and risked $1500 by paying them and he may or may not get the money back.
That $1500 went straight to the friendly neighborhood meth dealer.
I would love to make a donation to the scrapyard owner.
My incident happened 2 years ago and I know copper theft has increased drastically since then. So it is good to hear the scrapyard is doing the right thing. Or it could be the publicity made them do the right thing.