FLORIDA — New York State Police have arrested a man from Albany and a woman from Schenectady for allegedly stealing 17 marine/RV batteries from RV dealer Alpin Haus and other locations.
State police have charged Charles Griffen, 32, of Albany, and Kristen Pohl, 24, of Schenectady with third-degree grand larceny. Griffen was also charged with third-degree criminal trespassing. Troopers said they were alerted by Alpin Haus to the theft of batteries being taken from RV campers at their facility, some of the campers being damaged in the process of the thefts. Some of the campers were new, while others were owned by customers who had brought them to Alpin Haus for repairs or other work.
State police said they saw Griffen and Pohl in a vehicle and stopped them. They discovered the 17 batteries, police said. Police said Griffen and Pohl admitted to thefts at numerous trailer facilities in the Capital Region. According to police, the pair had been taking the batteries to local scrap yards.
Alpin Haus President Andy Heck said he has seen similar thefts in the past.
“They were breaking into our yard and taking them off the front of the travel trailers. It’s happened before, it’s been awhile. All of the batteries come with a core charge, worth somewhere between $10 and $15,” Heck said. “It’s almost like when you return bottles back, for every battery, you have to turn them in when it’s no longer good, and then you get the $10 or so. You’ve got to steal a bunch of them for it to add up to anything.”
Both Griffen and Pohl were arraigned in Amsterdam City Court and sent to the Montgomery County Jail. Griffen’s bail was set at $25,000 and Pohl’s at $10,000. Both are due to appear in Florida Town Court in May. According to troopers, additional charges and arrests are pending in Florida and other jurisdictions in the capital area. The investigation is continuing.