Two men were arrested Monday after an officer happened upon an apparent break-in at a League City Walmart, police said

Derrick Jackson, 44, of Houston, was charged with burglary of a building and Martin Hightower, 42, of Houston, was charged with evading arrest and detention, according to the League City Police Department.

A patrol officer was driving through the Walmart parking lot, in the 1700 block of W FM 646, at about 2 a.m. when he saw dozens of use batteries stacked up outside of a storage area, according to a police complaint.

Jackson, who was wearing a reflective Walmart vest, had a battery in each hand but dropped them when he came into the view of the police, according to the complaint

As the officer stopped Jackson, a truck that was parked nearby attempted to drive away but came to a dead end in the parking lot. The driver, Hightower, got out of the truck and ran from police, according to the complaint. He was found hiding in the Victory Lakes subdivision about 3:30 a.m., according to the complaint.

A Walmart manager later told police that 69 batteries had been removed from a storage cage, according to the complaint.

Both Jackson and Hightower were still in custody at the Galveston County Jail on Tuesday. Jackson was held on $25,000 bond, and Hightower was held on $20,000 bond, according to jail records.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


(8) comments

Gary Scoggin

Just curious. What do you do with 69 used auto batteries?

Carlos Ponce

Scrap yards buy them.

Dalton Logan

$5.00 to $7.00 each in scrap (lots of lead)

Gary Scoggin

Thanks, all.

George Croix


George Croix

You can also get your picture in the paper......[wink]

Rusty Schroeder

Eagle Battery on Hwy. 6 right outside the county line buys battery cores. They recycle them and re-sell them. There is a big market for them due to the shortage of lead.

Lena Gilley

Bet those residents in Victory Lakes, love that crime that Walmart brought to their neighborhood. Like they were saying when they built that Walmart! Says one suspect was caught in Victory Lakes

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