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East Texas man arrested trying to sell stolen oil field batteries

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On Thursday, an East Texas man was arrested trying to sell stolen batteries to Tri-State Battery Supply in Longview. 

The man, Karl Gearhart, was arrested without incident. Police had a tough time finding VIN numbers on Gearhart's truck, but when they did, they found it was stolen out of Oklahoma.

"I had some information yesterday that a guy had sold some batteries over here and had several batteries that were pink colored in the truck. We asked them to watch for them if they came back and they called me today and said that guy is back with that truck," Lieutenant Floyd Duncan with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department revealed.

Thieves have been targeting the oil field and taking 12 volt batteries, like the one in your car, used to power monitoring equipment in Harrison County.

Over the summer around 90 batteries have been stolen, causing a big expense to gas and oil companies.

There are quite a few locations that will pay by the pound for batteries - dead or alive - but most of them are now getting names and license plate numbers before they buy.

Duncan has been speaking with businesses like Tri-State Batteries during his investigation into battery theft.

"When they take these batteries, they shut down production on the wells so it's getting to be sort of expensive to the gas companies. These are used to run the flow meters," Duncan said.

It can end up in lost production costing thousands, so investigators advised marking the batteries. Some of the 25 batteries taken from 10 sites in the last few days were marked with paint.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department is looking for at least one more suspect who was with Gearhart the day before his arrest.

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