Five people have been arrested after police uncovered a huge haul of deep cycle batteries, alleged to have been stolen from mobile phone towers on the Gold Coast.
Detectives say the thieves targeted mobile phone towers for all the major telcos between January and May this year, with the intent of stealing the batteries and selling them to unsuspecting customers.
“Collectively the companies have reported up to $125,000 worth of batteries being taken, with some of the sites allegedly raided on multiple occasions,” Qld police said.
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Following ongoing investigations into the thefts, police raided a home in Southport yesterday, where they allegedly located 36 deep cycle batteries.
Items believed to be associated with a clandestine drug laboratory were also seized.
Five people were taken into custody at the property, with just one man and woman charged so far.
A 37-year-old man has been charged with seven counts of enter premises and one count of breach of bail, while a 34-year-old woman has also been charged with two counts of drug possession and one count each of enter premises and fail to dispose.
Police say further charges are expected to be laid in the coming days as the investigation progresses.
Deep cycle batteries are mobile phone tower locations as a backup power source in the event of a mains power outage.
Police say the batteries have been advertised for sale on social media sites and have been mainly purchased by people living from an alternative power source such as solar or wind, as well those wanting an extended power supply on camping trips.
Anyone who has recently purchased a deep cycle battery, which look similar to those in the images, are being urged to come forward.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.