Enoch, Alberta – The Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch RCMP have received nine complaints of battery thefts since August 24, 2017 and, led by the Serious Crimes Unit, are investigating all incidents. The batteries have been stolen from cell towers in various locations, and it is possible are being sold to scrap metal businesses.
Complaints have also been received by several other RCMP detachments surrounding the Edmonton hub area. RCMP members from all detachments are collaborating on investigating these incidents.
Culprits are accessing locked compounds and breaking into cell tower sites in order to remove the batteries. The batteries vary in value but are all deemed to be valuable. The cell tower sites are owned by different agencies.
Some of the batteries stolen are described as 12 volt deep cycle batteries. Brands; Deka Unigy, C&D Technologies Long Duration Series, Northstar NSB 170FT.
The RCMP are seeking public assistance in identifying these suspects.
While it is not established that these thefts are all related, RCMP are diligently working to solve individual investigations with a hope to solving all.
If you have information about these investigations, please call the Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch RCMP at 780-968-7200 or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.
Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch RCMP
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