Car batteries stolen from Walmart found in van parked at Meijer

Updated: Jul. 3, 2017 at 2:31 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man has been arrested and accused of stealing 26 auto batteries from a local Walmart store.

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James Decker, 53, stole the used batteries from the Walmart at 7101 Cedar Springs Boulevard back on June 9, his arrest report said.

One of the batteries was equipped with a GPS device, allowing LMPD investigators to track them to the Meijer store at 9500 Preston Highway.

The batteries were inside of a parked van but the owner was nowhere to be found, so the van was towed. Police called the owner, who said she sold the van to her ex-husband, Decker, who had taken possession of the van just a few days earlier.

The ex-wife also told police that Decker had asked her to pick the van up from the tow lot, the arrest report said.

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The stolen batteries were worth less than $500, so Decker faces a misdemeanor charge on that, but he's charged with felony theft because the GPS tracker was worth close to $900.

Officers also found marijuana in the van, so Decker is charged with possession as well.

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