Business owners are frustrated and out of a lot of money after thieves stole an important item right out of their trucks.
Columbus Police said several commercial batteries have been stolen from vehicles in Columbus, Worthington, Hilliard, Groveport, and Obetz.
Business owners said the crime is costing them thousands of dollars in repairs. They said the thieves are prying open the hood of the truck or smashing windows to get inside. It’s believed this crime spree is all for some quick cash.
Businesses on the north side of Columbus and Worthington have been hit hard.
Police reports show one business on Huntley road in Worthington had 9 batteries stolen in one night, while three businesses on Schrock road, including distribution trucks for AAA, also had several of their commercial batteries stolen.
A battery manager for AAA said new batteries can cost more than $100 each. However, he said they can only get about $15 in return for the scrap metal.
Hilliard police just took a commercial battery theft report from a business on Parkway Lane. The thief also reportedly took 30 gallons of diesel fuel.
Columbus police recognizes this is a pattern and say they are actively looking for the thief.
Stay with 10TV for updates on this investigation.