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Old 07-10-2010, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Big battery theft

First Ben loses his radio, now this! I went out today, and to my horror 10 of my batteries have been stolen! The most painful ones were 2 semi truck batteries that I was going to use in the 86 Corolla, and the last spare I had left for the Geo. This is a big setback since the boat place went out of business.

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Rig up some batteries (preferably big, dead ones) with a hidden neon sign transformer. Chances are, the gloves the thief has are not going to stop 30kV.
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hmm...sorry to hear that...how the f. did they manage to lift those huge batteries, they must be weighing 100's of lbs.
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hmm...sorry to hear that...how the f. did they manage to lift those huge batteries, they must be weighing 100's of lbs.
Yes, these were some gutsy thieves! They were in the back of my carport, so they had to squeeze between cars to get them. It must have taken them a few minutes. In a way, I was kind of lucky they left ANY batteries behind, and especially that they left the chargers and a voltmeter behind. It almost seems like more of a very cruel prank than a theft, because there are much easier ways of stealing. I'm out a lot more time than just the $77 in core value. (I realized it was actually 11 batteries they stole, not 10). On the other hand, it is pretty anonymous and hard to trace way of stealing. The recycler isn't going to ask questions or get ID for the batteries. It's hard to figure out what thieves think. As dirt poor as I am, it never occurs to me to take advantage of someone like that. Why couldn't they just steal my air compressor?? They could have gotten as much money, easier to steal, and it wouldn't have been as big of a loss for me......
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If it makes you feel any better, the thieves probably just wanted to build an electric car, since they were so inspired by your thread!
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LOL! You have an amazing way of making someone feel better! Yes, the thought that they are building an electric car with my batteries is awesome.....
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If it makes you feel any better, the thieves probably just wanted to build an electric car, since they were so inspired by your thread!
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the thought that they are building an electric car with my batteries is awesome.....
Watch out on the introductions section, first person who comes here saying they're building a new EV , we'll storm him !!
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