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BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio - At least 40 truck batteries were stolen from at least four businesses in Beaver Township over the past week.

A total of 19 truck batteries were stolen from "Three S Xpress," a scrap hauling company in just one night.

The crime has cost the company in time and profits.

Stan Savaet is a Co-Owner of Three S Xpress, "19 batteries at approximately $100 a piece. Plus five trucks out this morning that should have been out on the road. Probably at total of $5,000."

Beaver Township Police developed a suspect on Monday, and just 24-hours later had 39-year-old Todd Alan Roepke in custody.

Chief Carl Frost with Beaver Township Police says, "The person looked like they were walking on foot and/or driving their car back into the woods and walking into the businesses from behind, so they couldn't be detected."

Three S Xpress began calling around to scrap yards, as police instructed all the businesses to do. After several phone calls they received information that a man was at a scrap yard just about 15 minutes away from the crime scenes trying to cash in on the stolen items.

Beaver Township Police immediately responded and took the suspect in for questioning.

The man who lived just around the block from the businesses is facing one felony theft charge and could face additional crimes.

Police are also investigating another suspect.

Business owner, Savaet tells 21 WFMJ, "Criminals are jeopardizing us making a living, they're jeopardizing our employees. Today was going to be a tough day to make any money."

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