Two accused of stealing railroad batteries

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Lenoir police officers on routine patrol caught two men sitting in a car containing 32 stolen railroad batteries that police say were stolen from the business where the car was parked, according to a press release.

The officers were suspicious about the car being parked behind Aldred Electric at 1301 College Ave. about 8 a.m. Friday and stopped and questioned the two men inside, Timothy Blain Chaney Jr., 35, of 1420 Barcose St. and Eric Allen Crowe, 25, of 1609 Poplar St.

Crowe is accused of breaking into the business and removing the batteries, and Chaney is accused of helping load the batteries into the car, the press release said. The value of the batteries is estimated at $16,000.

Chaney was charged with felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. His bond was set at $9,000. Crowe was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. His bond was set at $20,000. Both are scheduled to appear in court Monday.