Four people have been charged with violating Wichita's recently revised ordinance regulating the handling of scrap metal.
The arrests resulted from an investigation that began in September following complaints made by residents and industry representatives, Wichita police Capt. Ken Atnip said.
"We'll continue just like we do anything licensed by the city," Atnip said. "We'll do compliance, and make sure everyone is adhering to ordinance.
"If they're not, here's the result."
John J. Marks, 58, of American Can was charged in Wichita municipal court with purchasing a refrigeration condensing coil without the hang tag, which has to be signed by someone with an EPA license to remove refrigerant gases from the coil.
Marks was also charged with not paying by check for the purchase of copper, failing to have a sequentially numbered transaction record, failing to obtain a seller's name, and having scales not visible to the public, Atnip said.
Those are all violations of the revised ordinance that took effect in March. The revisions target scrap metal thieves who vandalize air-conditioning units to get a few dollars' worth of copper, police have said.
Ronald C. Gibson, 60, who is affiliated with E.Z. Recycling, 815 E. Gilbert, is charged with two counts of purchasing a refrigeration condensing coil without a hang tag, two counts of not paying for copper with a check, two counts of failing to make sequentially numbered transaction records, two counts of failing to obtain a seller's information, several counts of a scale's weight not being visible, and a count of not having a scrap metal dealer license, Atnip said.
The law requires that customers be able to see the numbers on the scale, Atnip said, "so it doesn't weigh one thing and you end up getting told another."
Michael D. Marks, 55, of ABC Recycling at 522 E. 21st St., faces two counts of not having a scrap metal dealer's license, Atnip said.
Rick L. Loveall, 52, who is affiliated with ABC Recycling, is charged with not paying for copper with a check, Atnip said.