Meridian police are looking into the theft of more than thirty lawnmower batteries.
'The lawnmowers had already been repaired and as customers came to pick them up and they wouldn't start. Then we'd go out and find out that the batteries had been cut out of them,' says Will Griffin who owns Will's Small Engine Sales and Service.
For ten years Will's Small Engine Sales and Service has been open. Griffin's fear is that the business could be forced to close because of thieves. Within the last month alone, at least 35 lawnmower batteries have been stolen from the shop.
"27 batteries were cut out of my lawnmowers,' says Griffin. ' I got 8 of them back and then they stolen 8 more. They broke in again, but they only got a few that time.'
Griffin says the batteries that were found had been sold to a local salvage yard for very little money.
'We have to replace the batteries, cables and the ends. This all cost us about $60 and they sell the batteries for about $3.'
Last year three large lawnmowers, worth at least $6,000 each, were stolen from Griffin's business. In an effort to tighten security even more, he's in the process of installing barbed wire atop metal fencing. Griffin says the thefts must stop, or else his business will have to close.
'I can't stay in business if this keeps happening. I want the police to catch the culprits. Find out who's doing it and put them behind bars and do whatever's necessary along with my security to stop this from happening.'
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Meridian Police Department at (601) 485-1893.