The Battery Times heavily preaches the importance of keeping batteries out of landfills, however this isn’t exactly what we had in mind…
A pair of men from Salisbury, North Carolina were arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing batteries from machinery at the county landfill. Following the theft, the duo then took the batteries (each fully-charged and functioning) and sold them for “junk”. Both men are now staring down 15 felony charges a piece, and each of the battery-bandits are being held under $25,000 bonds.
“Early Monday, county employees discovered the break in and thefts at the landfill at 789 Campbell Road in Woodleaf and notified the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. John Sifford said the intruders had cut a lock off a storage building, but didn’t take anything. They also used heavy duty cutters to cut cables and take batteries from trucks and grading equipment. The batteries are valued at up to $320 each. Damage to the equipment was estimated at $1,035.” Salisbury Post
We still encourage everyone to do their part when it comes to keeping batteries out of landfills. Just be sure you’re not breaking the law in the process.