Thieves steal vehicle batteries from Habitat for Humanity trucks

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Habitat for Humanity officials say someone stole vehicle batteries from trucks at the organization's facility in Mt. Pleasant and from nearby businesses along Long Point Road Wednesday night.

"A police officer said that we weren't the only ones hit," said Hanna Reed with Habitat for Humanity."It happened within a 12 hour period in the night."

According to Reed, at least 20 batteries were stolen from at least three different businesses along Long Point Road on Wednesday.

Reed said she received a call at 7 a.m. on Thursday from drivers telling her that someone had stolen all the batteries from the organization's trucks.

"We had to rent a U-Haul so that we could go ahead and finish our pick ups for the day," Reed said. "It's very disheartening to know that somebody just came and decided to steal batteries."

Reed said that the organization will have to install video cameras at the facility and start storing the vehicles inside the building during the night.

"I don't know why you would want those batteries," Reed said. "They're made for big trucks. They're really not worth much, so I don't understand why. It doesn't make any sense to me."

Habitat for Humanity officials say they've been at the Mt. Pleasant location for five and a half years and have never experienced anything like Wednesday's theft.

Police are expected to release more information on the incident.

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