Over the last few months, fifteen cell towers across Gaston County, NC have been the targets of theft, specifically 100 stolen industrial batteries that amount to $82,000. These batteries are important to ensure that the towers work properly, a critical fail-safe when severe weather causes power outages.
The Gaston Gazette
reported that Joshua Scott Evans, 36, is allegedly responsible for the
tower break-ins, occurring from February through May of this year. According
to Police Capt. Curtis Rosselle, Evans was apprehended when trying to
sell the batteries to a scrap yard, valued for their non-ferrous metals.
Evans faces 31 felony counts and his
wife, Goldie Nicole Evans, faces one count of possessing stolen property
in relation to the case. Both were booked into the Gaston County Jail
on Wednesday and are being held on bond, $275,000 and $25,000
respectively. Continue Reading