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Batteries Stolen From 35 School Buses, New Trend?

Brittany Tedder
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX)- The batteries from nearly thirty-five school buses appeared to have been stolen at the First Student lot in Collinsville, Illinois.

But, is this a new theft trend?

Lt. Eric Zaber hopes not.

“I did see on the news last night that there has been other areas beyond Collinsville that have suffered from the same type of criminal activity,” Lt. Zaber says.

Crimes like these are commonly tied to drug use, but Lt. Zaber says he isn’t sure if that is the case in this situation.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if the suspects had some type of addiction to drugs,” Lt. Zaber says.

Whatever the reason for stealing the batteries, the process is a burden.

“It’s an awful lot of work. I was told the batteries weigh about 100 pounds a piece,” Lt. Zaber says. “So, it’s not like it was an easy job.”

Lt. Zaber says they take the core and remove it from the battery, and strap it for lead. They’re worth about $15 for each core.

It’s pure speculation, Lt. Zaber says, but it is a lot of work for a seemingly small return.

Lt. Zaber says surveillance cameras are on the lot, and police are waiting to view the video.

He says there were some items left behind by the suspects, and police do know their point of entry and exit.

“We have a pretty good idea of where their vehicle was parked during the crime,” Lt. Zaber says.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Collinsville Police Department at 618-344-2131 or Crime stoppers at 1- 866-371-8477.

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