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Holly Springs teen arrested in bus battery thefts

By Michael Clark

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS (WMC-TV) - A Holly Springs teenager has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of parts out of school buses.

A wrecker service houses the buses for the local Head Start school in Holly Springs, Mississippi.  Twelve buses were victim of theft and now none of them can be used until thousands of dollars are spent to replace the stolen batteries.

"Each bus carries at least two batteries," said Don Street with Street's Wrecker Service.

Street said under the hood, there should be about $200 in bus batteries, but 21 of them are gone.

"It feels bad because it's making our pockets get shallow," said Street.

Street stores 12 buses for Clen Moore and the Head Start school in Holly Springs.

"We feel for them because it's an expense that they shouldn't have to pay for," said Moore.

To fill the dozen buses with new batteries, it will cost $2,100.

Street keeps the vehicles for the schools for free as part of the in-kind community service program.  Moore said Street will likely have to foot the bill, since it happened on his property.

"We don't have the funds to turn around and re-buy these batteries," said Moore.

"We talking about expense," said Street.  "I just can't afford it."

Street also said he cannot afford surveillance.  He said in the winter months, the dead trees allow a clear view of the bright yellow buses.

"You can take a pair of wire snippers and less than a minute, you can cut a hole big enough to walk through," said Street.

Holly Springs police said they have charged a teenager for stealing the batteries.  Street said he hopes the school and his shop will get the money back to replace what was stolen.

"If you can catch a man who's taken and destroying another man's property, make him work and pay it back," said Street.

Investigators believe they have found and charged the only suspect.

Street said in tough time, he has seen evidence of more and more people sneaking into his yard trying to steal scrap.

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