Chesterfield police say vehicle battery thefts are on the rise. Now, they want the public's help to find a man and woman stealing batteries from various cars, as seen in NBC12's exclusive surveillance video.
Officers say the couple hit at least three businesses in three days, making away with about 18 batteries. They also might be connected to several battery thefts from Chesterfield County school buses.
Once stolen, batteries are usually recycled at salvage yards, which pay about $0.25 per pound. Not many places recycle batteries because of the lead that's inside but those that do are willing to pay. A bus battery might go for about $12. A car battery for about $10.
"It's a non-confrontational way of committing a crime," said Sergeant Don Story with Chesterfield Police. "They're not running into people. They're going late at night and stealing batteries out of cars so they can make some money."
The heavier the battery, the bigger the profit.
Where a thief gets the battery isn't as difficult to find as where it goes.
"Salvage facilities don't separate the items as they're being brought in," said Sgt. Story. "They're just grouped in with other items."
Many owners also don't keep the serial number or skew number of their vehicle battery.
For now, officers are handing out pictures of the suspects to local salvage yards and recycling centers so next time the couple tries to sell stolen goods they won't get paid, they'll get served.
If you have any information about this or any other crime, you're asked to call crime solvers at 748-0660.
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