Suspects sought in thefts of used car batteries

Suspects sought in thefts of used car batteries

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) - The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking the public for help to identify two men suspected of breaking into multiple Walmart stores and stealing used car batteries in the Cape Fear region.

According to a Facebook post, two men broke into a storage facility behind the Walmart in Elizabethtown on Jan. 24 and stole 120 used automobile batteries.

They loaded the batteries into the back of a U-Haul truck and took off.

“These perpetrators are actually committing these crimes in plain sight. There’s actually vendors at the location when the thefts are occurring and they don’t have any idea what’s going on," said Detective Willie Thompson. "It looks like they’ve done this several times and they’re very comfortable when they’re committing the crime.”

Investigators believe the men are taking the batteries to businesses that recycle metal and selling them.

The duo is suspected of similar crimes in Shallotte, Clinton, and Mt. Olive on the same day.

If you have any information, please contact Det. Sgt. Thompson at 910-862-3125 or call 911.

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking the public for helping to identify two men suspected of breaking into businesses and stealing used car batteries at several locations in the Cape Fear region.
The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking the public for helping to identify two men suspected of breaking into businesses and stealing used car batteries at several locations in the Cape Fear region. (Source: Elizabethtown Police Department)

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