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Batteries stolen from more than 30 Warren vehicles

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WARREN, Ohio- The City of Warren is seeing a new trend in thefts with more than 30 vehicle batteries reported stolen in the past three days.

According to police reports three different businesses were victims to the theft.

On Tuesday, employees of Warren's Sanitation Department reported nine batteries missing from garbage trucks.

On Wednesday, both the Trumbull County Action Program (T.C.A.P) and the Community Bus Services also reported stolen vechile batteries.

T.C.A.P reported 21 stolen batteries from their fleet of buses, along with 18 positive and negative battery cables.

The Community Bus Services, which provides bus services for those with special needs, reported 8 stolen batteries from their fleet.

"If this were during the school year, honestly that would have been detrimental to servicing the kids in Trumbull County," says Joseph Richley, Facility Manager for Community Bus Services.

Lieutenant Jeff Cole with the Warren Police Department says the stolen batteries are quickly becoming a new trend for the city.

"They're not just randomly going to residential houses and taking car batteries, it's specifically targeting these vehicles," says Cole.

Police believe the crimes are connected, however they have no suspects at this time.

According to police reports, all three lots were fenced in; the only additional damage was caused to garbage truck bolts and battery boxes.

"This is definitely a crime of opportunity. They're targeting lots, and we're assuming this has happened over night," says Cole.

Warren Police have turned over the reports to city investigators. They plan to check local scrap yards for any leads.

 

 

 

 

 

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