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Recycling business owner arrested for failing to keep required records

3:38 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police arrested a metal recycling business owner for failing to keep required records, which kept police from making possible arrests in a stolen batteries case.

Christopher Hinson, 25, who owns Battery Connect, had moved his business from Powers Avenue to Highway Avenue without telling the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office of his move, which is required by law.

Police were investigating thefts of numerous batteries from ACME barricade construction signs on roads in Duval County. Police determined that a Michelle Singletary had sold numerous batteries over the past few weeks to Battery Connect during four transactions in the month of October alone.

Police asked Hinson for the required photographs of the seller, but he did not have them, only providing images of the batteries sold to him.

Hinson did provide a photograph of a male who drove the vehicle to conduct the transactions. Police say Hinson told them he thought he was the person selling the batteries, but had Michelle Singletary conducting the transaction because he did not have an identification card.

Police asked Hinson to provide photographs or images of each seller for all transactions in October but he could only provide images of one out of 21 transactions during the month.

Police said the lack of documentation by Hinson did not allow the Sheriff's office to obtain all the documentation need to assist in the criminal investigation into the theft of the batteries.

Hinson was arrested and taken to jail on charges of failing to keep required records.

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