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Waco police working to identify person responsible for selling stolen batteries for scrap

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:57pm

Waco police are looking to identify the person responsible for selling stolen batteries for scrap.

According to a police report, an off-duty Waco officer, working security at Lipsitz Recycling on Elm Street, became suspicious when early Thursday morning an individual brought in several new and used marine boat and regular batteries, selling them for scrap. Some of the batteries had cables cut and appeared to be brand new, and they were expensive marine-type batteries.

The off-duty officer provided information to on-duty patrol officers, who in turn starting canvassing Waco to find where the thefts occurred. Around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, one of Waco Police Department's on-duty officers found that the batteries had been stolen from three boats, a car, and a camper at Yowell's Boatyard, located at 3500 Franklin Avenue. It is believed the thefts occurred during the night.

Investigating officers have discovered the batteries totaled nearly $1,000 in value, and the suspect ended up getting only a bit over $100 for the sale.

The investigation is continuing, and once officers determine the identity of the suspect an arrest can be expected. All the stolen batteries have been returned to the owner.

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