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March 20, 2014

Batteries stolen from bus barn

MPS asks for help to find, catch thieves who took eight batteries

School officials are asking for the public’s help to find out who stole batteries from Muskogee Public Schools buses.

“We were grateful that school was out, because the buses that were hit were buses that we use daily, so it could have been a disaster,” said Wendy Burton, MPS spokeswoman.

Eight batteries were removed sometime between midnight and 4 a.m. Tuesday from buses in the MPS bus lot on Altamont Street.

Each school bus has three batteries, Burton said.

“Each battery weighs 50 to 60 pounds, and they attempted to steal nine,” Burton said. “But they dropped one on the ground and left it.”

In addition to the cost of the batteries, cables holding the batteries in place were not removed, but were cut.

“With the cost of the batteries and the damage, that’s an estimated $1,300 to $1,500,” Burton said.

Thieves cut a hole in a fence to access the buses. But, police are reviewing video surveillance footage to identify suspects.

“Bobby Brewster, transportation director, doesn’t understand why anyone would steal these batteries,” Burton said. “They’re too big to fit in a regular car or pickup. They’re very tall. Bobby also said that selling them as junk batteries, they don’t have a lot of value.”

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

If you know who broke into Muskogee Public Schools buses, contact Muskogee police at (918) 683-8000 or Crime Stoppers at (918) 682-2677.

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