Car battery thefts on the rise

Car battery thefts on the rise

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Orlando police say there's been a rash of car battery thefts. They're trying to find out who the thieves are.

Body shop owner Henry Raud explains how the crooks are, "Pretty much cutting the terminals and bending the brackets and ripping it out of the car."

Raud says there's a certain car part that thieves have been charging after and tells us that he has seen about 20 batteries stolen in just the last two to three weeks.

According to police, most of the battery thefts in the last couple of weeks have been at businesses.  Raud says thieves are selling them at recycling centers and it has become a problem nationwide.

"Since the metal prices have gotten up, they've started to do that a lot," said Raud.  "You can get $5 a piece."

In order to prevent another theft, Raud now takes all of his batteries out of his cars and keeps them locked up inside.

Jay Palmer owns a business next door and had 4 batteries taken from two of his trucks a few days ago.

"They cut a hole 4 feet tall and a couple of feet wide," he said.  "They broke the window to pop the hood."   He adds, "It's very frustrating!"

He says the thieves caused more than $3,000 worth of damage to his vehicles and fence, in order to get to the batteries, which are around $150 each.  "As part of the measures we're taking, we're parking the vehicles inside, we lock and bolt the doors."

Palmer hopes cops get a handle on the situation and catch those responsible. "You work hard, you employee people, to be broken into and have stuff stolen you just feel violated." 

Raud agrees saying, "Another wave of theft, another pain in the pocket."

Experts recommend protecting your car with a car alarm. You can also paint your name or initials on your car battery, so officers can identify it if it's stolen.

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