Thieves take bat­tery

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS - By NI­COLA WOLFE

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.

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