PD: Man takes his grandmother's minivan to rob business of commercial batteries

Posted at 1:59 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 16:59:24-04

Police have arrested two men after stealing commercial batteries from a local business.

Court records show that on October 17, a man used his grandmother's minivan to take $4,000 in commercial batteries.

Police report that they received a call of a burglary in a fenced commercial yard near 7th Street and Broadway Road. The police air unit reportedly saw a red minivan leaving the area.

Police say, one man, 30-year-old Keith Lynn Thompson, jumped out of the van near Central Avenue and Broadway Road. He was tracked down by a police dog and arrested. The other man, 28-year-old Michael Edward Runyon, abandoned the van near 2nd Street and Broadway Road and ran from police. Police soon caught him in an alley.

Runyon reportedly told police that he took the minivan from his grandmother where he and Thompson live.

Thompson allegedly admitted to police that they went into the commercial fenced area belonging to Century Link and stole 10 industrial batteries and a battery charger.

Police found these items in the van along with bolt cutters and a handheld circular saw.

Police estimate the value of the batteries and charger is $4,000.

Thompson was also found to have a felony warrant for his arrest on unrelated burglary and theft charges. 

They are now both charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.