Several School Bus Batteries Stolen From Collinsville Lot

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI)– Thieves hit a Metro-East bus lot, taking some precious but necessary items.  Collinsville police are now looking for those responsible.

Investigators are going through video to find out who might have stolen dozens of batteries from several school buses this morning.

Some buses have one battery, others may have up to three.  What thieves are after is on the inside of the battery.

Lt. Eric Zaber says, “What they’ll do is they want the core of the battery which is a precious metal and they’ll take that to a salvage yard. Generally they’re about $15 to scrap those. Just like any other scrapping operation for the cash.”

It will now cost a lot of money and take a lot of time to replace and repair the damaged buses.  To replace them, police say its approximately $2,800.

Today’s job wasn’t easy either. The thieves had their work cut out for them.

Zaber says, “Someone had the ability to carry multiple hundred pound batteries to and from the buses to their vehicle. We have a pretty good idea of how they came in and left and a pretty good idea of where the vehicle was parked a,t but someone with considerable strength was involved.”

Collinsville police say vandals have struck this lot before.  “It was about 2 years ago when someone went down and slashed tires and broke windows it took on a lot of damage as well.”

That was during the school year, luckily this time, students were not impacted.
“It would have been devastating for the morning route.”

If you have information on the case, call Collinsville Police at 618-344-2131