Police have launched an investigation after two Richmond car lots reported batteries, radiators, and other items had been stolen from vehicles.
The thefts, at Auto Land #2 and Morrison Motor Auto Works, were reported to police Monday. Both businesses are near each other on Big Hill Avenue.
Richmond Police say Auto Land #2 reported thefts from 13 different vehicles. Police say 14 batteries, five radiators, a catalytic converter, and a factory radio were stolen.
All of the vehicles targeted were parked to the side and the rear of the business.
"They stole the radiator out of it. They cut the transmission line off it," Hubert Agee, who works at Auto Land #2, said. "They must have known what they were doing 'cause they did it pretty quick."
Police say Morrison Motor Auto Works reported thefts from four different vehicles. Police say five batteries were stolen.
All together, police say the stolen items are worth $2,140.
"They take the radiators out of them (the vehicles) and take them to the junk yard and make some money out of it," Agee said. "Same thing with the batteries. Just some petty stuff."
A $500 reward is now available for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the thefts.