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Police are On The Lookout after string of boat battery thefts on Oneida Lake

We’re putting you On The Lookout after boats along the shoreline of Oneida Lake were targeted by battery thieves this week.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – We’re putting you On The Lookout after boats along the shoreline of Oneida Lake were targeted by battery thieves this week.

Several upset customers at Big Bay Marina are unexpectedly stuck at the dock this weekend.

"You know you work all week long for the weekend so you can come out and enjoy it," said battery theft victim Bob Houck.

Houck says he had just had a brand new battery installed.

"Well, we'll have to get another one. The problem is, you put one in and there is nothing saying they won't come in and take that one. These are brand new batteries and they are probably selling them as junk," Houck said.

Marina manager Mike Ekiert asked boat owners to check on their batteries last Saturday, after he says he became aware of two thefts. Ekiert believes several more batteries were stolen overnight, sometime between Sunday and Wednesday.

"I just bought brand new batteries for the season,” explained Kurt Reome, a battery theft victim. “$215 and that was after a discount they gave me."

Larger boats often carry two or more batteries. Ekiert says thieves can take boat batteries to a junk yard to get between $10 and $15. He is reviewing surveillance video and considering upgrades to his security system.

State Police in Hastings are investigating the thefts in Big Bay. If you've seen something suspicious and would like to report it, you are urged to call (315) 668-2496 during State Police business hours.

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