Loris Hinds stands in her empty battery disposal shed after thieves took all her used batteries.
Loris Hinds stands in her empty battery disposal shed after thieves took all her used batteries. Craig Warhurst

Thieves take off with batteries

MARY Valley Transfer Station contractor Loris Hinds can’t believe that someone would want to target her and steal her income.

Mrs Hinds operates the transfer station and dump shop and said she often helped needy people out but didn’t expect someone to steal three tonnes worth of car and truck batteries from the transfer station.

She sells those used batteries to supplement her income.

Twice batteries have been stolen, she said, the most recent event overnight on Monday, when six pallets of batteries, or about two tonnes, went missing.

Mrs Hinds said she locked up the refuse station’s battery disposal shed and left for the night but upon returning the next day the previously full shed was empty.

Truck tyre tracks can be seen outside the tip, indicating the thieves accessed the dump via a neighbouring property to the transfer station and other tracks show the thieves could have used a wheelbarrow to move the heavy batteries.

And why would someone want to steal used batteries?

Because of the lead inside, said Mrs Hinds but she revealed that the price of lead had dropped.

“There’s no money in batteries,” she said.

That said, the small amount of money she would have received from them is now gone.

Mrs Hinds thinks that one trailer could hold about one and a half pallets, so the robbers would have had to make several trips to load them all.

Batteries were also stolen on February 25, when one and a half pallets were taken.

Before then the gates to the front of the refuse station were rammed with a vehicle and the lock was broken.

Council has since replaced the bent gates and bought a new lock.

Mrs Hinds said the batteries were brought into the dump by people who were looking to dispose of them properly.

Police are now investigating the incidents. If you have any information please Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Gympie Police Station on 5480 1111.

Gympie Times


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