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Lakeland, FL Police Department
Thursday August 9th, 2012 :: 02:39 p.m. EDT


Suspects arrested in theft of batteries from traffic devices

On August 7, 2012, Lakeland Police arrested 42 year old, Jared Edward Pauley, and 19 year old Luis Daniel Bosque-Pabon on charges of Dealing in Stolen Property and Defrauding a Recycle Dealer-Pawn Broker.

During a three week period, beginning July 14th, Pauley and Bosque-Pabon were involved in the theft of 174 batteries from various traffic control devices, warning beacons, and a cell tower. Police received reports of backup batteries stolen from school zone beacons, traffic warning beacons and traffic control devices. Detectives were alerted to Pauley and Bosque-Pabon selling multiple batteries to Gregco Recycling and were able to take them into custody during one of their transactions.

The entities affected by these thefts are:

Polk County – a total of 28 backup batteries were stolen from school zone beacons, traffic warning beacons and backup batteries for traffic lights. The value of the batteries stolen is $5,000.00

City of Lakeland – 30 backup batteries were stolen from school zone beacons, 92 backup system batteries stolen from traffic signals, and 6 stolen from flashers on state roads. The total value of the stolen batteries is $13,000.00.

Verizon Wireless – 18 backup batteries stolen from a cell tower. The total value of these batteries is $10,000.00

The investigation revealed that Bosque-Pabon acquired a key to the box which held the batteries, and he along with his accomplice removed the batteries during day time hours, wearing regular clothing and “posing” as workers. The key Bosque-Pabon had in his possession has been returned to the City of Lakeland. The suspects used forced entry into the box at Verizon in order to steal the batteries from the cell tower.

Detectives have recovered 115 of the 156 batteries stolen from Polk County and the City of Lakeland, and all 18 of the batteries stolen from Verizon.

Further charges and more arrests are possible pending the completion of the investigation.

Lakeland, FL Police Department
219 N Massachusetts Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 863-834-6900

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