Thieves target batteries from vehicles parked at local hospital

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Posted on March 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 10:08 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Vehicles are often targeted by thieves for the electronics inside them. But two vehicles at a local hospital had their batteries stolen from them, which could signal a new crime trend.

The car batteries were stolen from the vehicles at a private garage at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 

In one incident, the thieves smashed the vehicle’s window and stole its battery, despite the car containing cash and a GPS inside.

The damage to the vehicle cost several hundred dollars in repairs.

“They basically just broke the grill and everything, trying to get into the hood,” said victim Libbi Cooksey. “When they ripped the battery out, they ripped part of the cables, so we had to replace the cables too.”

According to a spokesperson, it was the first time such an incident happened at the hospital.  The spokesperson also told News 4 that security guards monitor each garage in addition to the surveillance cameras. 

The St. Louis Police Department would not say if this is a new crime trend, but alerts in other cities show it is something on the rise.

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