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Company truck driver charged with selling 72K pounds of batteries

Daniel Ortiz, 43, was charged with theft after his employee discovered that he had sold nearly 72K pounds of battery cores. (Courtesy: Bexar County Jail)

SAN ANTONIO - A truck driver was arrested after his employer caught him stealing and selling their recycled batteries for thousands of dollars.

Daniel Ortiz, 43, was confronted by his employer, Arnold Oil Company, with photos of him selling automotive battery cores.

The arrest affidavit said that Arnold Oil Company investigators found that nearly 72,000 pounds was being sold over a five-month period. After further investigation, the company found photos and a driver's license of the seller that pointed to Ortiz, who was a truck driver for the company with a job that consists of picking up battery cores from different dealerships and turning them in each day for recycling.

The evidence showed that Oritz made approximately $26K off of the battery sales.

Ortiz was arrested and charged with theft $2,500 to<$30K.

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