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(Hartford Courant)   Worker sells stolen 800-lb industrial batteries for scrap. Police say there's a hefty charge   (courant.com) divider line 43
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2012-10-26 08:29:30 AM
I'm quite familiar with the scrap metal business and I can confirm that the whole industry is shady at best, outright criminal at worst. While most of them will cooperate with police when asked, they do the bare minimum to fulfill their legal requirement. They know that a lot of what they get is stolen, and they don't care.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-10-26 08:40:33 AM
Now, that's just shocking ...
 
2012-10-26 08:46:25 AM
There's no way the scrap yard could anode the batteries were stolen.
 
2012-10-26 08:47:49 AM

Pud: Now, that's just shocking ...


I'm shocked! Shocked he was charged
 
2012-10-26 08:47:57 AM
A long time ago, I worked for a large factory in Tennessee. The workers there would steal anything that wasn't bolted down, and sometimes even that.
 
2012-10-26 08:50:13 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-26 08:54:32 AM
Watts going on in this thread?
 
2012-10-26 08:55:08 AM
Call it my curious nature, but now I'm just curious as to what these batteries looked like and what they were used for. Though, how he got them loaded and stolen would be nice too.

/This story lacks details.
 
2012-10-26 09:04:15 AM

Jarylan: Call it my curious nature, but now I'm just curious as to what these batteries looked like and what they were used for. Though, how he got them loaded and stolen would be nice too.

/This story lacks details.


I was thinking the same thing. He had to have had some setup to load those things and something to haul them on 11, 800 pound batteries=8800 lbs. so almost 4 1/2 tons. I know he could have made several trips but thinking about just one battery shape of it, what it looked like, etc.

www.seodesignsolutions.com
GIS for 800 pound battery
 
2012-10-26 09:04:55 AM
Are they positive they got the right guy?
 
2012-10-26 09:05:35 AM

Jarylan: Call it my curious nature, but now I'm just curious as to what these batteries looked like and what they were used for. Though, how he got them loaded and stolen would be nice too.


My guess:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-26 09:06:19 AM
Eleven... 800lb batteries. From Nuway Tobacco,

1) How does someone steal 8800lbs of dead weight with no one noticing
2) A tobacco co?
 
2012-10-26 09:08:06 AM
He'll be in a cell, for sure.
 
2012-10-26 09:11:26 AM
What a revolting story.
 
2012-10-26 09:13:52 AM
Was hoping there was an electrifying story to this, was rather left static in my disappointment

/I've done the battery run, legit mind you, but not really worth the labour
 
2012-10-26 09:18:57 AM

nekom: I'm quite familiar with the scrap metal business and I can confirm that the whole industry is shady at best, outright criminal at worst. While most of them will cooperate with police when asked, they do the bare minimum to fulfill their legal requirement. They know that a lot of what they get is stolen, and they don't care.


We should shut down the recycling industry, nothing good can come of any industry that encourages people to collect metal that other people have already made stuff out of.

/also, remove all the catalytic converters from cars, that's where the majority of atmospheric carbon dioxide comes from
//it's GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! (until it isn't again)
 
2012-10-26 09:20:35 AM
GDubDub
Eleven... 800lb batteries. From Nuway Tobacco,

1) How does someone steal 8800lbs of dead weight with no one noticing
2) A tobacco co?


Those are batteries used to remove eels from hovercrafts.
 
2012-10-26 09:32:37 AM
Wonder what voltage they were and whether he would have been better off selling them privately to someone setting up home solar...
 
2012-10-26 09:34:19 AM

Tatterdemalian: nekom: I'm quite familiar with the scrap metal business and I can confirm that the whole industry is shady at best, outright criminal at worst. While most of them will cooperate with police when asked, they do the bare minimum to fulfill their legal requirement. They know that a lot of what they get is stolen, and they don't care.

We should shut down the recycling industry, nothing good can come of any industry that encourages people to collect metal that other people have already made stuff out of.

/also, remove all the catalytic converters from cars, that's where the majority of atmospheric carbon dioxide comes from
//it's GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! (until it isn't again)


Not sure if sirius...
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-26 09:36:40 AM
You don't really meet the most clever of people in the scrap business.
 
2012-10-26 09:42:05 AM
Did he have an current charges pending?
 
2012-10-26 09:58:02 AM

nekom: I'm quite familiar with the scrap metal business and I can confirm that the whole industry is shady at best, outright criminal at worst. While most of them will cooperate with police when asked, they do the bare minimum to fulfill their legal requirement. They know that a lot of what they get is stolen, and they don't care.


So pretty much like an investment or medical insurance firm then?
 
2012-10-26 10:04:57 AM

Ponzholio: Are they positive they got the right guy?


They must have thought he at least had the capacity for it.
 
2012-10-26 10:08:33 AM

Sique: Ponzholio: Are they positive they got the right guy?

They must have thought he at least had the capacity for it.


8800 pounds of batteries is a serious impedance to a quick getaway.
 
2012-10-26 10:14:46 AM

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You and me, baby, ain't nothin' but mammals...
 
2012-10-26 10:25:07 AM

anotar: So pretty much like an investment or medical insurance firm then?


More or less. Except other industries at least pretend to care about following laws. Someone stole the manhole covers in town here awhile back. They were labeled as such. Cast iron, so if the thief was smart he just smashed them up and mixed them in with a load of tin, but I have little doubt the scrap yard here would have taken them as-is anyway. They'll even take a car, as long as it's properly cut up, without a title, no questions asked.

Recycling is a great thing, but seriously, don't leave anything made of aluminum or copper laying around for long or it WILL be stolen. Crack ain't cheap.
 
2012-10-26 10:27:43 AM
They shouldn't oeuf egged him on. Now it's all ova for him.

/what?!
 
2012-10-26 10:29:00 AM
Ha, he didn't even steal enough to pay his bail.
 
2012-10-26 10:40:25 AM
Few years ago there were lots of air conditioning condensers being stolen and sold for the scrap metal, particularly the copper coils. Many of these were new units off new construction. Lately they are being taken from foreclosed or abandoned homes.
 
2012-10-26 11:18:06 AM

nekom: anotar: So pretty much like an investment or medical insurance firm then?

More or less. Except other industries at least pretend to care about following laws. Someone stole the manhole covers in town here awhile back. They were labeled as such. Cast iron, so if the thief was smart he just smashed them up and mixed them in with a load of tin, but I have little doubt the scrap yard here would have taken them as-is anyway. They'll even take a car, as long as it's properly cut up, without a title, no questions asked.

Recycling is a great thing, but seriously, don't leave anything made of aluminum or copper laying around for long or it WILL be stolen. Crack ain't cheap.


I think the whole idea behind crack is that it is so cheap, or they'd just be buying some drug with better value. Buying crack is like buying single cigarettes from the corner store for a dollar a piece.
 
2012-10-26 11:50:45 AM
Assault is one thing; battery is another.
 
2012-10-26 12:15:54 PM

Jarylan: Call it my curious nature, but now I'm just curious as to what these batteries looked like and what they were used for. Though, how he got them loaded and stolen would be nice too.

/This story lacks details.


My guess would be, the answer to both questions is "forklift". "Pallet jack", as seen above, is a good answer too, but not quite big enough.

You really don't want to be using a gasoline, diesel, or propane powered forklift anywhere that you can't bear the exhaust stinking up the place. Ergo, battery-powered forklifts. The batteries for these suckers tend to weigh about that much apiece. And since you asked, they look like this.
So the warehouse company buys battery powered forklifts, and an even dozen batteries to go with them.
Thief uses one forklift to steal the other batteries. Of course, he can't lift the last one-as its installed in the forklift he's driving-so he lets it go.

Presumably, he was also driving a getaway-flatbed, to be hauling 8800 lbs.
 
2012-10-26 12:19:58 PM
My resistance for making a bad pun is running dangerously low!
 
2012-10-26 12:22:50 PM

GDubDub: Eleven... 800lb batteries. From Nuway Tobacco,

1) How does someone steal 8800lbs of dead weight with no one noticing
2) A tobacco co?


1) You'd be amazed what warehouse guys will believe if you bullshiat em right. Flatbed driver comes up and says he's here to swap the forklift batteries, new ones will be in the next truck...
2. Sure. How did YOU think cigarettes got to stores. Answer: same way as everything else, in pallets of thousands. that have to be moved by forklift. This was just one laterally-thinking thief, to go after general equipment instead of stuff unique to that shop. And as I said, tobacco companies wouldn't want their merchandise stunk up with exhaust fumes from a gasoline-burning forklift, so...

/once worked in a Nabisco distribution warehouse, all the forklifts were electric for just that reason
//ever seen ten thousand pounds of cookies in one place? I have...
 
2012-10-26 12:29:07 PM

Ishidan: , all the forklifts were electric for just that reason
//ever seen ten thousand pounds of cookies in one place? I have...


So what, do you want a.... ummmm....

/nevermind....
 
2012-10-26 12:49:02 PM

Ishidan: all the forklifts were electric for just that reason


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-10-26 01:42:01 PM
This recession is cleaning up the landscape. The cars and appliances are disappearing from the rednecks yards. Even the river beds and embankments are getting scoured for scrap.

/Glad I have a pit bull in my yard...
 
2012-10-26 06:24:05 PM
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Get away from those batteries, YOU biatch!!
 
2012-10-26 06:59:24 PM
I work with those. Last time we replaced a string the haulers brought in a crane to get them from the basement to the truck.
Fun fact I learned just the other day: You can neutralize the acid by adding cement powder, then you can use the resulting lime as lawn fertilizer.
Maybe, maybe not. But that's what I read.
 
2012-10-26 08:32:10 PM

Ishidan: Jarylan: Call it my curious nature, but now I'm just curious as to what these batteries looked like and what they were used for. Though, how he got them loaded and stolen would be nice too.

/This story lacks details.

My guess would be, the answer to both questions is "forklift". "Pallet jack", as seen above, is a good answer too, but not quite big enough.

You really don't want to be using a gasoline, diesel, or propane powered forklift anywhere that you can't bear the exhaust stinking up the place. Ergo, battery-powered forklifts. The batteries for these suckers tend to weigh about that much apiece. And since you asked, they look like this.
So the warehouse company buys battery powered forklifts, and an even dozen batteries to go with them.
Thief uses one forklift to steal the other batteries. Of course, he can't lift the last one-as its installed in the forklift he's driving-so he lets it go.

Presumably, he was also driving a getaway-flatbed, to be hauling 8800 lbs.


Actually, the pallet jack battery in the first pic is probably about 800 lbs. This one in your pic is more likely closer to 2500-3000 lbs. For whoever asked, the pallet jack batteries are typically 24V. Forklift batteries are either 24, 36 or 48V.

/electric forklift technician.
 
2012-10-27 01:40:37 AM
Wow he only got $1800 for almost 6 tons, I recycle a lot of old car batteries and if I bring in more then 1000lbs worth they give me $0.50/lb this guy got fleeced
 
2012-10-27 02:06:29 AM

FarkerinMN: Wow he only got $1800 for almost 6 tons, I recycle a lot of old car batteries and if I bring in more then 1000lbs worth they give me $0.50/lb this guy got fleeced


Maybe the scrap yard only offered that much because they suspected it was stolen property.
 
2012-10-27 12:48:23 PM

jimmyjackfunk: Jarylan: Call it my curious nature, but now I'm just curious as to what these batteries looked like and what they were used for. Though, how he got them loaded and stolen would be nice too.

/This story lacks details.

I was thinking the same thing. He had to have had some setup to load those things and something to haul them on 11, 800 pound batteries=8800 lbs. so almost 4 1/2 tons. I know he could have made several trips but thinking about just one battery shape of it, what it looked like, etc.


Here ya go. Sometimes they're cylindrical, too.
www.iceteks.com
 
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