By Gary Lloyd
A Center Point man has been charged with breaking into cars and stealing car batteries from a Pinson car lot.
Leland Alexander Frink, 22, of Center Point was charged with unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle, second-degree theft of property and possession of burglary tools. He is in Jefferson County Jail with a $45,000 bond.
At about 8 a.m. Tuesday, deputies were called to a Pinson car dealership in the 4100 block of Center Point Road to investigate a report that several vehicles had been broken into. The victim told deputies that, when he arrived, he noticed several of the vehicles on the lot had hoods up and batteries missing.
In all, 23 cards had been broken into and 20 batteries were stolen. Frink had gained entry by cutting a lock off a gate, said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian.
Around noon Tuesday, Frink was arrested when he tried to sell the batteries at an area recycling center. Frink was also found to be in possession of a set of bolt cutters, possibly used to cut the lock, Christian said.
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