GISD bus batteries stolen

MISSING POWER SUPPLY: Terry Slemmons, director of transportation for the GISD, shows the battery compartment on one of the 50 route buses inside the facility on Hannaford Street. Last weekend someone stole eight of the batteries, which have an estimated value of $100 each, Slemmons said.

Eight $100 school bus batteries were stolen from the Granbury ISD Transportation Department last weekend, according to school and police authorities.

GISD Director of Transportation Terry Slemmons said that someone cut a hole in a chain-link fence on the back side of the facility where GISD’s 50 route buses are kept, 500 N. Hannaford St. Eight O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start batteries were stolen from four buses.

Each bus has two batteries. No other items were believed to have been stolen, he said.

Alan Hines, deputy chief of the Granbury Police Department, said that investigators have no suspect information at this time.

Total loss was estimated at $1,200, Slemmons said, including the cost to repair the fence and have new batteries installed. Slemmons said the incident was caught on cameras that are monitored.

“We do have cameras, and we do watch them,” Slemmons said.

He noted that the break-in occurred about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. It was called to 911 shortly after 7 a.m. Monday.

The process of removing the batteries and carrying them through the hole in the fence and through a wooded area just east of the facility took about 30 to 45 minutes, Slemmons estimated.

It was a first for Slemmons, who has worked there a dozen years.

“In 12 years we haven’t had a single issue of people stealing,” Slemmons said.

Anyone with information about the theft can call the Granbury Police Department at 817-573-2648.

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