One man is dead after a drive by shooting in Overland Park. Metal theft is on the rise in rural areas, rising 36 percent since 2010.
Police investigators are investigating the shooting in the 9400 block of Lamar in Overland Park, Kan. The victim’s family and friends held a vigil across the street as homicide detectives gather evidence from the driveway, lawn, and split level home.
Metal is a valuable commodity because of its untraceable nature and fast turnover. Thieves can steal metal items and sell them for cash at a recycling facility within hours of obtaining the property. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that metal theft has increased by 36 percent in the US since 2010. And in farm country, there is often lots of metal lying around – everything from roofing scraps to farm equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.