Stolen cell phone tower batteries from Enid recovered in Oklahoma City

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ENID, Okla. - After thieves stole large batteries from cell phone towers in Enid, police say some of those batteries have been recovered.

Beginning in March, thieves began targeting cell phone batteries all over town.

Recently, nearly half the stolen batteries were recovered at a recycling company in Oklahoma City.

Police now hope to catch the thieves responsible for the crime.

Bypassing the barbed wire and getting past the locked gates, officials say suspects were able to steal large backup batteries three times at two different cell towers in Enid.

Experts say the batteries are used in case of power outages, but the suspects were trying to scrap them for quick cash.

"They're valuable to the person for the scrap value of the lead, which is inside the battery," said Det. Jeff White, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Detective White says police tracked down 28 of the 48 stolen batteries.

The batteries weigh 132 pounds apiece, meaning the total haul weighed more than three tons.

At $0.28 a pound, that quickly adds up to thousands of dollars.

"These people who steal them will get a small fraction of what they cost to replace," said White.

In fact, each theft costs the cell phone company several thousand dollars more to replace, which in turn, likely impacts cell users everywhere.

"It's definitely a problem," said White. "It's expensive for to replace the batteries and that cost is passed onto the consumer."

Police say the batteries were bought by a recycling company in Enid, then sold legally to the recycler in Oklahoma City, where they were discovered.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Enid Police Department.

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