Through an investigation — dubbed Project Phoenix — police were able to determine that about $2,000 worth of batteries were stolen from each individual utility box.
According to investigators, most of the stolen batteries – which work as a backup power supply in telecommunication utility boxes in residential neighbourhoods – were sold for “considerably less” than they’re worth to scrap dealers.
On Aug. 4, police arrested two men at a recycling depot in Whitby in relation to the investigation.
Christopher Kyc, 39, and Logan Deon, 19, both of Oshawa are both charged with theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Anyone with new information about this investigation is being asked to call Det. Sitaram or Det. Const. Hartry of the Central East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).