Shoals Thieves Steal Car Batteries, Could Be Used To Make Meth

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SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - A string of car burglaries concentrated along one Shoals street has investigators concerned.

Police worry the stolen items may be used to make drugs.

Instead of going for the valuables inside the car, police say this time the thieves went for what was under the hood.

According to Florence investigators, someone pried open the vehicles, and stole the car's batteries.

Six cars parked along East Limestone Street were burglarized during the early morning hours, Tuesday.

In one of the vehicles, thieves also disassembled part of the exhaust system.

While the usual target for car break-ins are cell phones or GPS units, detectives say in this case, the thieves probably stole the batteries for the lithium and sulfuric acid in order to make meth.

Despite the crackdown by Alabama lawmakers on medicines with pseudoephedrine ingredients, batteries are not regulated.  However investigators say thieves often steal the items, so they don't raise red flags at the register.

Detectives say they want these thieves behind bars, in order to keep meth off the streets.

You can call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tipline at 256-386-8685 to leave information about this case anonymously.

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