HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Henry County Police are looking for two men accused of stealing the batteries out of more than 20 school buses.
The suspects have taken 38 batteries from 21 buses at six schools, mostly in the northern and central parts of the county, since early August.
Henry County Schools spokesman J.D. Hardin said one battery was even stolen from a bus that was parked in its driver's driveway.
Together, the stolen batteries are valued at about $5,000.
"Our bus drivers are up early in the morning to start their routes but get delayed when they find their bus will not start because of a stolen battery," Henry County Schools transportation director Cliff Shearouse said in a statement.
"Aside from it being reprehensible to essentially be stealing from kids who rely upon our transportation to make it to and from school, it costs our district a lot of money and precious time to replace the batteries when we already are operating on tight budgets and timelines," Shearouse added. "We hope our community can help track down these suspects to keep them from committing more crimes."
The suspects are described as white men in their mid to late 30's.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 678-898-7339. Battery dealers and scrap metal yard owners are also asked to look out for people who bring them batteries for cash exchanges.