PASCO, Wash. - Thieves are targeting some Franklin County farms and stealing batteries out of tractors.
The Sheriff's Office said the thieves are often damaging the machinery in the process, costing the owner hundreds of dollars in repairs. Deputies said five to ten batteries a month have been reported stolen since summertime. Two were stolen Wednesday night from one farm.
"Some people may not be reporting them to us but we're getting enough to realize that it's a problem," said Detective Lee Barrow.
The Sheriff's Office suggests parking tractors in well-lit areas or, better yet, locking them up, if you can. Also, marking the battery by engraving it with a name or painting it a bright color helps detectives pick out stolen batteries at scrap yards and battery stores when tracking down the thieves.