Suffolk police have arrested a Coram man and charged him with stealing batteries from a Mount Sinai boat yard.
Derek Pairan, 23, of Margaret Drive was arrested at his home at about 4 p.m. Thursday and charged with seven counts of petty larceny and four counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, police said.
Crime Section officers from the Sixth Precinct began investigating the thefts of batteries from boats stored at All Island Marine on Route 25A in Mount Sinai earlier this month.
Police said the probe revealed that Pairan would cut the shrink wrap on boats and remove their batteries, which he sold at a local scrap yard for about $18 each. Police estimate he took at least seven batteries.
His attorney could not be reached for comment.
Pairan was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct lockup and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in First District Court in Central Islip.