MILFORD, N.H. (AP) – The theft of scrap metal continues to be a problem in New Hampshire, but it may diminish as prices fall.

With record prices fueling demand, thieves across the nation have been going after copper, brass, stainless steel and aluminum. In Milford last week, seven chrome bumpers were stolen off pickup trucks at a car dealership. In July, a man pleaded guilt to trying to steal railroad tracks in Wilton.

Frank Lacoshus, owner of Granite State Salvage in Hudson, says prices have fallen from their historic levels in recent months. He says it’s hard to know if people are bringing him stolen metal, but he writes down the names and addresses of sellers and sends a copy to police.

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