Police Warn Citizens of Stolen Automobile Battery Scheme
Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Justin Mulcahy issued an alert Tuesday warning county residents of a new theft scheme involving automobile batteries. In addition, he announced that two men were arrested in connection with scrapping about 17,000 pounds of batteries at area scrap yards.
The men are identified as Terry Lee Speece, Jr., 46, of Glen Burnie and Ted Swauger, 35, of Severn.
Police began seeing an increase in the theft of car and truck batteries over the last few months, Mulcahy said. A task force was established with detectives from Northern and Western district stations, to look into and reduce this new crime trend. Last Friday, a covert surveillance operations led them to Speece and Swauger.
Mulcahy said that detectives will continue to aggressively investigate battery thefts. They urge citizens, especially commercial trucking companies, to take some safety steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim. The tips include:
- Establishing sufficient lighting in areas where trucks and commercial equipment are stored.
- Uniquely and discreetly marking batteries so they may be conclusively identified by investigators should they become stolen.
- Providing officers with images or details of these markings in any theft report.
- Reporting suspicious vehicles immediately to police and obtain a detailed description.
- Using appropriately positioned surveillance cameras to protect property and assets.