Battery-theft suspect arrested after deputies’ sting

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WENATCHEE — Sheriff’s deputies say a Malaga man stole 14 expensive heavy-duty batteries from a construction site, then a few hours later agreed to sell them to an undercover police buyer.

Wade Ryan Hawkins, 28, faces possible charges of theft, trespassing and trafficking in stolen property. He was freed on bail Wednesday after his arrest Tuesday evening in Wenatchee by Chelan County sheriff’s deputies.

The batteries, reported stolen Tuesday morning from a job site on Colockum Road, can cost up to $260 each. Deputies said they spotted an offer from Hawkins on a Facebook buy-and-sell page, and made arrangements to buy four batteries from him for just $200.

After he allegedly made the sale about 7 p.m. Tuesday in a Wenatchee parking lot, deputies arrested him. A search of his home allegedly found two more batteries believed stolen from the worksite.