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.
July 5, 2017