It seems to me that the pinch-point of all of this are the scrap yards. They are buying stuff that they know is stolen and appear to be doing so with impunity. Come down hard on them and the 2nd hand market dries up. If the bad guys can’t sell it they won’t be as inclined to steal it.
Why is that so hard?
Milwaukee detectives must have some skin in the game.
My wife cashed in the cans last week. She had to show her driver’s license before they would accept the aluminum heater core I’d taken out of the daughter’s Grand Cherokee.