from this article:
State police said they saw Griffen and Pohl in a vehicle and stopped them. They discovered the 17 batteries, police said. Police said Griffen and Pohl admitted to thefts at numerous trailer facilities in the Capital Region. According to police, the pair had been taking the batteries to local scrap yards... "They were breaking into our yard and taking them off the front of the travel trailers... All of the batteries come with a core charge, worth somewhere between $10 and $15," Heck said.... You've got to steal a bunch of them for it to add up to anything."
That’s some low efficiency thieving right there. One would think they’d look for something lighter and more valuable.
Maybe police should look for vehicles that appear to be overloaded?