Auto Batteries Becoming Hot Targets for Georgia Thieves

September 13, 2011

Authorities say more than 77 batteries have been stolen from cars, trucks, tractors, forklifts and even golf carts in recent weeks in Macon and Bibb County.

Macon police Lt. David Freeland tells The Telegraph of Macon that batteries have become one of the hot items stolen for scrap metal.

Authorities say the price of lead is as high as 50 cents a pound, which makes the lead-containing batteries desirable targets for thieves.

Bibb County Chief Deputy David Davis said that while some stolen batteries are sold for scrap, others are being sold for reuse in other vehicles.

Police say most of the thefts have occurred in commercial parking lots where big trucks, church buses and other vehicles are parked.

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