Thursday, December 22, 2011
Stolen batteries recovered; two face charges
By SUE WATSON
Two suspects from Marshall County have been arrested and charged with receiving stolen batteries, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said between 3,000 and 4,000 used batteries taken from Truck Pro in Memphis, Tenn., were recovered, some loaded in 18-wheeler truck beds and others on a metal trailer. The value of the batteries for recycling is estimated to be in the $60,000 to $70,000 range, the sheriff said.
David Thomas, 38, of the 100 block of Shadow Lane in Holly Springs and Jamie Ray Waller, 32, of the 300 block of West Boundary Street in Holly Springs, were arrested December 12 in Marshall County and charged with receiving stolen property, Dickerson said.
The used batteries are believed to have been destined to a Byhalia scrap metal yard for salvage, he said.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators worked with the Memphis Auto Cargo Task Force, a federal agency working under the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to collect evidence and information that will be used to prosecute the case in federal court, Dickerson said. Two other suspects are being sought in the case and are believed to have been involved in taking the batteries.
The sheriff said Truck Pro had not been aware the batteries were missing.
In an unrelated case, a man from a Mt. Pleasant Road, Holly Springs, address area, was arrested November 11 and charged with grand larceny regarding the theft of radiators and aluminum rims from Eddie Archer’s Salvage Yard on Beale Road in Byhalia, Dickerson said.
Zachary Douglas Hayes, 19, of the 200 block of Mt. Pleasant Road, Holly Springs, is being held in Marshall County jail on $5,000 bond.
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