Kevin Whiteacre, Ph.D., is Director of the Community Research Center and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Indianapolis. He began studying metal theft in 2007 and has presented his findings at national conferences, including the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2010, he gave an invited talk on metal theft at the Annual Meeting of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) with Chad Posick, and his research on the relationship between scrap yards and metal theft has received wide coverage from such organizations as Waste & Recycling News. Whiteacre has testified as an expert witness for the prosecution in a grand jury investigation of a large metal theft case. He is the author of Drug Court Justice: Experiences in a Juvenile Drug Court (Peter Lang, 2008) and numerous research articles.