Batteries stolen from Peoria school buses; suspects sought

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Approximately two dozen batteries were stolen from Peoria school buses. By Jennifer Thomas Approximately two dozen batteries were stolen from Peoria school buses. By Jennifer Thomas
Approximately two dozen batteries were stolen from Peoria school buses. By Jennifer Thomas Approximately two dozen batteries were stolen from Peoria school buses. By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Police are asking for the public's help to identify and locate the suspect or suspects responsible for stealing more than 20 vehicle batteries from Peoria school buses.

Police said the batteries were removed from buses stored at Peoria Unified School District's Support Services Center near Peoria and 95th avenues.

District officials discovered the theft Thursday.

Peoria police spokesman Jay Davies said someone cut a chain-link fence then stole about 26 batteries.

"We do not have a suspect or vehicle description, and frankly, that's why we're putting the word out," Davies said. "The district has ponied up with a $2,500 reward. We're hoping that helps, as well."

The buses were also damaged during the burglary.

The district is offering the $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for this crime, as well as recent thefts, damages and burglaries at multiple Peoria schools, including the theft of projectors and laptops.

"Those who are the most affected are the students in our district," said PUSD spokeswoman Danielle Airey. "We have 36,000 in our district and have very limited resources."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Peoria Police Department at 623-773-7045 or PDTips@peoriaaz.gov or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.