Alcoa Aluminum just announced that it had recorded record profits this year amid lower costs to produce their product.
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Of course they did.
I'll tell ya.
There are numerous reports across the US that thieves are stealing aluminum from any source available
including but not limited to:
air conditioner units
roofing- still attached to the roofs
siding from mobile homes and travel trailers
pots and pans
aluminum power lines
and so on.
Scrap buyers buy at lower prices because the thieves aren't going to complain if they don't have to explain. Scrap buyers sell for less because they bought for less, simple economics my dear Watson.
And we wonder why insurance rates are high.
On a more serious note, people are getting increasingly desperate.
Good, honest people are stealing to buy gas and food just to feed their families. It will get much worse.
Put a guard dog on your air conditioner unit. (if it's not too late)