HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA)- Battery thieves leave a Houston repair shop powerless.
Investigators said more than 100 batteries were stolen from Black's Truck Repair.
James Black, owner of Black's Truck Repair, said he is forced to go out of business.
"They have just about killed me," said Black. "There's no way in my lifetime that I can build back to where I was."
He said thieves stole almost all of his tools and every truck battery he owned.
"Right where you are standing there were about 15 batteries stacked up right there. Over there, there were hidden about 14. Back there were 50 plus on pallets,"said Black.
Black said the thieves also stripped the batteries from the 7 trucks that were parked in the parking lot. At 4 batteries per truck, that's another 28 batteries.
Chickasaw County Chief Deputy James Meyers said this is becoming a problem all over north Mississippi.
"Right now this has gotten to be real big," said Meyers.
Investigators are now looking for three suspects who were seen selling close to 19 batteries to a battery shop in the area.
Meyers said at 35 cents a pound, the thieves got away with a few hundred dollars.
Black said this is not the first time his business has been burglarized, but he said this is the worst.
While he hopes the suspects are caught, he said his greatest hope is to have his merchandise returned.