Corona, Calif.-based U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. aided Michigan State Police in apprehending thieves who were stealing deep-cycle batteries from RV dealerships.
According to a press release, after more than 80 batteries were stolen from multiple thefts in a single location, the Michigan State Police Technical Service Unit contacted U.S. Battery Manufacturing to assist them with a plan that would help apprehend the suspects responsible. Specialist Trooper Paul Gonyeau of the Michigan State Police Fifth District Technical Services Unit asked U.S. Battery to supply them with several empty battery cases from the company’s RV deep-cycle battery line.
“It was subsequently determined that the use of batteries equipped with live GPS units would be the most effective method,” said Specialist Trooper Paul Gonyeau. The plan would allow the team to monitor, identify, and apprehend the suspects involved, without alerting them to the presence of law enforcement. “We were able to make the appropriate modifications and enclose live GPS units in the U.S. Battery cases,” said Gonyeau. “These units were then put into place at the RV dealer and monitored.”
According to Gonyeau, it only took a few weeks until the suspects struck again, stealing more than a dozen batteries. Two of the batteries stolen were the U.S. Battery cases equipped with the GPS units. “Within moments of the theft, the suspects were being monitored by law enforcement and stopped within a few miles of the RV dealership with all of the stolen batteries still in their possession. During interviewing, the main suspect admitted to all of the previous thefts,” said Gonyeau. “Thanks to the assistance of U.S. Battery, this operation was very successful.”
“We were more than willing to assist Michigan State Police in this operation,” says Dwayne Porter, marketing manager for U.S. Battery. “Lead and other metals have become more valuable recently, making battery theft a more lucrative business for thieves. We were proud to have been given this opportunity, and will always do our part to prevent crime whenever possible.”