Hot commodities

With prices surging, miscreants are stealing copper, aluminum, and other metals in any shape or form they can find them. Below, Fortune's field guide to the ill-gotten goods driving the black market.

Home siding
Home siding
Metal play: Aluminum
Price: 80 cents per pound
How they get it: Pry it off houses, or lift it from construction sites.
Worth it?: Painted aluminum gets the same price pound for pound as soda cans.

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