Thieves take battery
Alarge $3000 battery used as back-up power for a North Otago railway crossing has been stolen.
The battery, one of many placed along the railway corridor as a safety measure in case of a power outage or failure, was stolen from a box at a crossing on Robertson Rd.
The plastic box was kicked in so the battery could be lifted out, Oamaru community constable Bruce Dow said. It would have taken two people to lift.
The road which turns off State Highway 1, is well used by dairy workers, tankers, and people travelling to the Oamaru Airport.
Dow said the theft put public safety at risk.
Anyone interfering with any railway installation was liable to five years’ prison and/or a $50,000 fine, he said.
The plastic box would be replaced with a metal one.