A string of thefts in Blountville has auto businesses on high alert. We're told more than a dozen car batteries and aluminum wheels have been taken from car owners and businesses throughout town.
Nine cases have been reported to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office over the last month, most of which are businesses. The Sheriff's office told us those thefts are related.
Sheriff's reports show suspects broke into cars at ACP Towing, on Highway 126, stealing 21 batteries.
The business' electric meter was also cut down, turning off the surveillance camera, according to the Sheriff's report.
Suspects also broke into a building at M&S Auto Repair, on Highway 75. M&S owner Summer Booher told us they stored car batteries in that building. The suspects stole 18 batteries and 13 aluminum wheels, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"Anybody stealing, that's going to be a quick item," said Booher. "They can get $12 a battery, aluminum wheels, it fluctuates. It goes up to $10 or $15 depends on what metal is bringing at that time."
The Sheriff's Office told us they're looking for two male suspects, driving a dark colored pick up truck.
If you have information about the thefts, they ask that you call the station at (423)-279-7500 extension 222.