Battery theft in Phoenix is similar to burglary at Laveen bus yard

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The suspect vehicle is a Buick or Mercury four-door sedan with white and tan paint. By Jennifer Thomas The suspect vehicle is a Buick or Mercury four-door sedan with white and tan paint. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A battery theft at a Phoenix business may be the work of the same thieves who hit a Laveen school bus yard earlier this summer.

Over the weekend, thieves stole 23 batteries from a site where heavy machinery was being store near 59th Avenue and Buckeye Road, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The value of the batteries is estimated at $170 each.

The suspect vehicle is a Buick or Mercury four-door sedan with white and tan paint.

In late August, someone stole 36 Carquest batteries from Laveen Elementary School District buses.

The dozen buses were parked in a locked lot near Dobbins Road and 51st Avenue, but the thieves managed to get in and out without getting caught.

Damage to the buses and the replacement cost of the batteries is estimated to be more than $3,000.

In both cases a chain link fence was cut in order to gain access to the lots.

Anyone with information about either of these crime is asked to call the sheriff's office at 602-876-1000.