PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether a battery theft at a Phoenix construction equipment site may be linked to a similar case in Laveen.
Deputies told ABC15 that someone stole 23 batteries from JS Cole Company near 59th Avenue and Buckeye Road at some point over the weekend.
Deputies said the thief or thieves allegedly cut through a wire security fence, stole the batteries and rolled them out on a cart.
Jeff Weaver with JS Cole Company said the batteries cost them between $170 and $200 a piece. He thinks the thief will try to get money for them at a scrap yard.
In late August, 36 batteries were stolen from Laveen School District school buses while they were parked in a secured lot.
According to MCSO, the damages and replacement costs for the school bus batteries estimated to be over $3,000.
Deputies said the two battery theft cases look similar because in both cases the suspect cut through the security fence and used a cart to wheel them out.
Anyone with information about the thefts should contact the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 602-876-1011 and refer to report #12168505.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Did You Hear?
As the holidays keep creeping forward and the temperatures drop, it's important to keep your loveable pets warm as well.
Sgt. Jason Cullum of the Evansville Police Department in Indiana was going about his day in his cruiser when he spied an object in the middle of the road.
Nelson Mandela said a lot of great things. But after his death, he's being widely credited on social media with a phrase he didn't utter.
More South Phoenix News