Rubbish collections in Waverley, Surrey were disrupted at the beginning of April after thieves stole the batteries from its refuse trucks.
Owned by contracted waste management firm Veolia, more than 30 batteries valued at £30,000 were taken and a further £5,000 of damage was caused when wires were cut trying to get the batteries out. In total, 40 vehicles were targeted in the incident.
The offenders damaged the perimeter fence and loaded the batteries on to a Mitsubishi pick-up truck which was also stolen from the site. They then made a get away by driving through a fence.
Detective constable Russ Cannon investigating said: “The batteries were no doubt targeted for their scrap value as metal prices soar and I would urge any scrap metal dealers who might be offered a large quantity of batteries for sale to contact officers. ”
A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said: “A number of recycling and refuse trucks at our Farnham depot were affected when the vehicles’ batteries were stolen on Sunday 28 March. This unfortunate incident impacted our ability to complete our rounds on Monday 29 March. However, by close of play on Tuesday all our refuse collections were back on track and by Friday 2 April all our recycling collections were back to the normal schedule.
“We kept our client, Waverley District Council, informed throughout the incident and the matter is now in the hands of the local police. As a result of this incident, we have reviewed our security arrangements on site and are currently installing some further improvements.”