A Holts Summit man has been placed on two years of unsupervised probation for stealing batteries from a Cole County business.
Timothy O'Connell, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor stealing. One of the counts had been a felony, but prosecutor's amended the charge to a misdemeanor.
In April 2018, authorities went to Ozark Hills Angus on Missouri 179, where the owner said some batteries had been stolen out of a work truck, according to a Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement. The owner believed O'Connell, a former employee, was responsible.
The owner later went to Gold Star Recycling, where he had identified O'Connell on security video turning in the batteries for scrap money. They later discovered O'Connell had turned in stolen motorcycle motors and a backhoe bucket for scrap money.
After learning what vehicle O'Connell was known to drive, authorities found him and took him into custody following a traffic stop. He eventually confessed to taking the batteries, the motorcycle engine and the backhoe bucket.