Thieves steal truckload of auto batteries

If any­one saw what looked like a lowrider pickup truck in the area of Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Av­en­ue on Ju­ly 29, po­lice would like to have a word with you.

That’s be­cause thieves made off with more than 3,500 pounds — that’s a ton and three-quar­ters — of auto­mot­ive bat­ter­ies that they stole from a stor­age shed at a loc­al Wal­mart. The crime oc­curred at about 1:16 a.m. at 9745 Roosevelt Blvd. and was re­cor­ded by sur­veil­lance cam­er­as.

Two men in an older mod­el pickup truck ar­rived in the park­ing lot out­side the store, parked near a stor­age area and cut the locks on a shed-like struc­ture. One man went in­to the stor­age unit and handed bat­ter­ies to the second man, who placed them in the bed of the truck. About 90 bat­ter­ies were stolen, po­lice said. The av­er­age car bat­tery weighs about 40 pounds.

De­scrip­tions of the sus­pects were min­im­al. Po­lice de­scribed them as males of un­known race who were op­er­at­ing an older mod­el pickup truck with six ver­tic­al posts in­stalled on the sides of the pay­load bed. Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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