Car Battery Thefts on the Rise in Neighborhood

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Augusta County Sheriff's Office: 540-245-5333
Crime Stoppers: 1-800-322-2017

Stuarts Draft, Va. (WHSV) The Augusta County Sheriff's office is asking for people to keep a look out for thieves who are opening the hoods of cars, taking the battery and then taking off.

The only way to find out if the battery has been taken out is if you start your car one morning and you realize nothing is there to make it start.

"I enjoyed living here in Stuarts Draft, this is the place we picked when I moved here, this is the place we picked," said Larry Henry who lives in Stuarts Drafts' Ridgeview Acres Subdivision, near Falling Rock Road and Sugarcamp Lane.

Henry is going to be doing something a little differently from now on. That is locking his car.

Augusta County Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of thefts in his neighborhood. It all started on November 11, 2013. In less than two weeks, 10 car batteries have been stolen in the area. The thefts are mostly happening to older vehicles.

"The number of reports we've taken in the last couple weeks is alarming," said Lt. Aaron Leveck who is an investigator with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.

"I used to leave my truck unlocked and my car unlocked and stuff like that and my truck unlocked," said Henry.

Henry said getting to the battery in his 1993 Ford F-150 is as simple as pulling a latch at his floorboard and if it's already open it's even easier.

"You can get in there and cut the battery cable and take the battery, but on my other car it's a little bit more difficult," said Henry.

"This is a Buick 2007 and to get to the batteries, you'd have to take off some clamp," said Henry.

Henry thinks the recent thefts could somehow be related to the holiday season.

"This time of year people are going to take anything they can to try to get ready to sell so they can get something for Christmas," said Henry.

Now he'll be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

"I'm not so much concerned about the cars anymore as I am more concerned about the house and the contents," said Henry.

If you have any information that can be of help to the Augusta County Sheriff's office, give them a call or call Crime Stoppers.

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