2 men arrested for stealing batteries from power poles

2 men arrested for stealing batteries from power poles in five counties

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Timothy Allison (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Timothy Allison (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Huskey (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Michael Huskey (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Two suspects accused of stealing batteries from power poles in five East Tennessee counties were arrested in Blount County Friday, according to the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office.

Michael F. Huskey, 32, of Kodak, and Timothy L. Allison, 24, of Knoxville, will be charged with 20 counts each of theft of property and vandalism once they reach Hamblen County Jail.

Deputies say the two allegedly were stealing Alpha gel batteries from power poles in Hamblen, Grainger, Anderson, Sevier and Blount counties. The batteries are used as a backup system by Charter Communications and are often found on the bottom of power poles in sets of three.

Officials say they were being sold to a recycling company on Gov. John Sevier Highway in Knoxville for $15 to $30 for each battery.

Hamblen County detectives spoke to Charter early Friday morning, identifying the two as suspects. They then enlisted Blount County officials to help arrest the suspects after the stolen batteries were found at the recycling center.

Deputies say the two men stole at least 60 batteries from Hamblen County alone.

Officials are still looking for three suspects in connection with the thefts.

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