Tampa, Florida -- A Cash for Batteries store on Nebraska Avenue was raided by Tampa Police detectives Tuesday for buying known stolen batteries.
Detectives say since they launched the investigation four months ago the unlicensed business had been circumventing the law by buying more than 50 tons of batteries with no questions asked.
The law requires a business to document every purchase of restricted, regulated material, such as batteries, on an FDLE form. The seller must provide a valid driver's license with a current address or a valid state I.D. The state also requires the sellers to provide a thumb print.
During today's bust, officers had made their final undercover sale marking the fourth time officers sold batteries to the business after indicating they were stolen. More than 350 vehicle batteries were seized Tuesday.
The manager of the business, 26-year-old Sophia Gill, was arrested and charged with Dealing in Stolen Property, 2 counts Purchasing Restricted Regulated Metals without Proof of Ownership, 4 counts of Failing to Keep Required Records and 2 Counts of Purchasing Property Not Transported in Vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing and investigators expect more arrests will be made.