Boise police are advising people to secure valuable recyclables, including batteries and metals, after the arrests of Timothy P. Barth, 32, and Joshua C Proto, 31.
The pair face felony grand theft charges in connection with a series of thefts of batteries from RV's, campers, boats and golf carts in residential neighborhoods throughout Boise. There were dozens of reports, and police say they they believe Barth and Proto are responsible for a majority of the recent reported thefts.
Barth and Proto were identified as suspects after Boise Police and the department's Crime Prevention Unit reached out to residents through local media, social media and Neighborhood Watch groups.
"These batteries do have value on the recycling market," said Boise Police Property Crimes Unit supervisor Sgt. Brian Lee. "The message is anything with a recycling value can be a target for thieves. The best action citizens can take is to carefully secure anything with copper or aluminum since the recycling value for these metals has risen in recent years."
Barth was arrested March 21 and was released on $10,000 bond on March 22. Proto was arrested Mach 29 and was still in the Ada County Jail Monday evening.