Two people got a shock this week when they tried to start their vehicles and nothing happened.
They returned to their cars and found thieves stole their car batteries.
The thefts happened on two different occasions in the parking lot of Catawba Valley Community College’s main campus.
Both incidents happened Tuesday afternoon, about four hours apart, in broad daylight.
“When the person took the battery, they did it quickly,” said Capt. Roy Brown, of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
It is unknown if the two incidents are related.
“They could be related, but there’s nothing to lead us to think that they are,” Brown said.
In both cases, the unknown suspects broke into the vehicles’ doors, opened the hood and stole the batteries.
People can steal batteries and sell the lead core, but they don’t get much money from the sale, Brown said.
He said it’s more likely the unknown suspects stole the car batteries for use in their cars.
The vehicle batteries are valued at $50 each.
In another incident, several industrial batteries were stolen Tuesday from a construction site in the 7400 block of Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford.
Thieves made off with more than $1,000 in batteries used to power construction equipment.
Brown said it’s likely more than one person was involved in the theft because some of the batteries weigh more than 100 pounds.