Chattanooga Police said a recent amendment to state law should help in the fight against thieves who steal cars and then sell them to scrap dealers.
Police said, "In an effort to try and stop the theft of vehicles for scrap, officers with the Chattanooga Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies have worked with Rep. Vince Dean to amend Tennessee Law governing such actions.
"Though the law has been amended, the fight is not over. They are still trying to add to the law that a title will need to be presented with every vehicle sold as scrap.
The amendment says that a scrap dealer buying a car that is 12 years or older may buy it without seeing a title, but the scrap dealer must wait three days before crushing it.
It also says the scrap dealer must keep the name of the person bringing the vehicle in the business's records for three years as well as a description of the vehicle, including the make and model.