Man charged with stealing 18 batteries

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A Beaver Township man is facing felony charges after being accused of stealing 18 semi truck batteries from a South Avenue business and trying to sell them at a Liberty scrap yard.

Todd A. Roepke, 39, of Nila Drive, was charged with fifth-degree felony theft Tuesday and was apprehended by police Thursday. Police said he tried to sell $1,800 worth of batteries to Cleveland Auto Wrecking for $96.

Reports say employees of Three S Express told police someone stole 18 batteries from six semi trucks, valued at about $100 each. They also reported 12 battery jumpers were stolen.

The employee told officers he checked the GPS unit on one of the trucks and found someone had moved the truck during the time the batteries were stolen.

A search of court records shows Roepke was fined $100 on Sept. 3 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of attempted theft, a charge amended from misusing credit cards. He was also sentenced to one year of probation.

Roepke was convicted in August of drunken driving and in 2006 of receiving stolen property and forgery, records say.

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