WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– In Wallingford, officials are investigating a series of truck thefts. The thieves aren’t taking your standard GPS or audio system. They swiping car batteries from garbage trucks.
Police say then they’re selling them back to the junk yard for cash.
On Main Street in Wallingford stands a family business, Tony’s Trucking Company.
“My grandfather’s company,” said Linda Day.
They’ve been running strong since 1932. But in recent days the folks who work there say there’s been a problem that’s taken hundreds out of their pockets .
“Its’ very upsetting knowing that somebody you know, while your home sleeping at night, somebody’s out there robbing your place,” said Day.
On Friday thieves managed to steal six batteries used by their garbage trucks to operate.
“Roughly the batteries are about $100 each,” said Day.
Marc Mikualski is a Lt. with the Wallingford Police Department and he says stolen batteries is becoming a growing problem in the area. Since January his department alone has had to investigate six different reports of truck battery theft.
“They’re mostly taken in by recyclers, there’s a lot of scrap yards and recyclers in the area,” said Mikualski.
And removing a battery from your car is a lot easier than if you were to try to do it in a truck. In fact it takes a whole lot more time. For one thing a truck has three batteries, not one, and a whole bunch of bolts. Eight of them to be exact and the entire process takes about 15 minutes.
“They had to know what they were doing because they unbolted them and they took them out so they knew what they were doing and what they were looking for,” said Mikualski.
Because of the way industrial trucks are designed, it can be hard to keep their batteries safe from those who want to take them.
“We’re asking people in our business areas to be proactive parking their vehicles in well lit areas,” said Mikualski.
But at Tony’s plans are already underway to try .
“They’ll be locked again behind the barbed wire fence,” said Day.
A move to keep a company going when faced with a threat.
“We’ll be here for a long time to come,” said Day.