Police in Fife are appealing for witnesses after a catalogue of thefts where batteries have been taken from road works, building sites or recycling centres.
A total of 63 batteries have been stolen, 24 of them from the Pittenweem recycling centre and 12 from the Glenrothes recycling centre since Monday, April 11.
The remainder were working batteries taken from building site equipment or temporary traffic lights across Fife.
The batteries are mostly the size of car batteries with those from JCBs and generators being a bit larger.
These will be instantly usable whereas the recycled ones have only a scrap value.
Officers are now urging anyone with information that can assist them in their investigation to please get in touch.
Sergeant David Hayes of Fife Community Safety Partnership said: “These thefts could cause serious road safety issues in addition to the cost to the contractor or local authority.
“There are also safety concerns around the acid in the batteries if they are being stripped down for the scrap value.
“Anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible is asked to contact us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”