Break in at Cell Tower
At approximatelyon August 31, 2017 a break-in to a Telus Communications cell tower shelter was reported to Police. The tower is accessible by Range Road 245, and located southwest of Sturgeon Rd. and Hwy 28 in Sturgeon County.
Stolen were 7 trays of large batteries with an estimated value of approximately $7000.00. The exact make/model of the batteries are not known at this time, however, they are believed to be similar to batteries stolen from a recent break-in to a Rogers cell tower located SE of Bon Accord earlier in the month of August. As with that incident, it is believed that thieves are targeting these high-value batteries and reselling them for use in solar powered energy or other similar installations, whether for commercial or private use.
Morinville RCMP would like to speak to anyone with information that could lead to the identity of suspect(s) or the location of the stolen batteries. No suspect(s) have been identified at this time.
Police would also like to encourage the reporting of any suspicious persons, activity or vehicles located near similar cell tower installations.