Suspected Thief Caught on Camera Boosting Car Batteries

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Caught in the act -- and caught on tape. Monday morning a manager for City Rent a Truck discovered a thief hard at work breaking windows and stealing batteries. The crook got away, but surveillance video captured the whole thing on camera.

Manager Charley Goth says when he arrived at work at East 46th and Virginia in Kansas City he saw a man carrying a battery. He says he tried to stop the thief but the damage was already done. Goth says the thief broke six windows and got away with 15 to 20 batteries. Damage is estimated at $4,000 - $5,000.

"I just I originally thought it was just some punk taking a battery out of a truck because it happens every two or three months, we have a battery stolen," Goth said "We replace it, not a big deal. It wasn't until after he left and I called the police that I walked around the corner and saw 15, 20 cars with their hoods up and windows broken."

Goth said whomever is responsible knew what they were doing.

"In Fords, you can't pop the hood without getting inside, or with the windows locked," Goth said. "They broke the window to release the hood latch so they could get the batteries out."

Goth says one of the company's seven surveillance cameras caught the crook on tape, but says 'City Rent a Truck' will now be upgrading its security system. Goth says he hopes the video footage they have leads to an arrest. He says in the meantime it's business as usual.

"We're not going to change how we operate just because of one idiot," Goth said.

Goth added that he doesn't think the criminal was working alone. If you have any information call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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