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Over 275 Batteries Stolen From Cell Tower Sites Located During a Search Warrant in Ontario

ONTARIO, Calif. ( — In a significant crackdown on property crime, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department located over 275 batteries stolen from various cell tower sites.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at around 7:45 a.m., members of the Rural Crimes Division teamed up with detectives from the Victor Valley Station to execute a meticulously planned operation.

The location of the search was Union Battery Disposal, situated at 5312 W. Mission Blvd., in the county jurisdiction of Ontario.

The warrant, which was the cornerstone of the operation, had been carefully prepared by Deputy J. Francis and Deputy L. Torres.

With the authority granted by this legal document, their mission was to search for and recover batteries reported stolen from various AT&T remote sites around Southern California.

“Great job by the Rural Crimes Taskforce and detectives from the Victor Valley Station on recovering over $167,000 in stolen batteries used to power cellphone towers in Southern California,” stated Captain Ken Lutz.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy J. Francis, at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station 760-552-6800. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

Search Warrant Leads to Recovery of over $160,000 Worth of Batteries Stolen from Cell Tower Sites
(Photo: Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station)

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