Two Arrested in Battery Theft from I-64 Sign


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police officers arrested Nickolaus and Tienna Runyon on Thursday night for allegedly stealing batteries from a construction site message board sign.

Officers say a driver on Interstate 64 spotted them crouched over the sign and called police.

The sign belonged to Highway Safety, a company located in Huntington. Owner Lisa Booth said the replacements are a cost they can't afford.

"I'm out $600 every time someone does this, and they get $17 for it," Booth said.

Message boards aren't the only signs being broken into. Arrow boards and speed buggies have been hit, as well, and Booth said it's been happening all winter long.

"I have lost over $20,000 worth of batteries and my equipment," Booth said.

She said nearly every site in Huntington has been hit at some point this season, but this is the first arrest that's been made.


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