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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Christian Center says enough is enough after they've had seven batteries stolen from their buses in the last two weeks.

Church leaders say this isn't the first time they've been targeted.

"They've stolen batteries on two occasions. they've walked through the snow. we first noticed it because of the tracks in the snow, they drug the batteries. they're big batteries, commercial batteries," said Pastor Rick Scharkey.

The church's bus batteries have shown up at Action Recycling in the past.

"About a year and a half ago, we received some of their stolen batteries. The customer had painted over the fluorescent orange paint with black paint. The paint was still fresh, and we could tell from looking underneath that it was their batteries," said owner Hap Ahlborn.

After being targeted multiple times, church leaders say replacing the batteries has become very costly.

"It will cost us 300 to 500 dollars to replace that," said Scharkey.

Pastor Scharkey says his church wants to help people, but he doesn't want to see thieves continue to help themselves

"We're not trying to fund their activities, we're trying to help people that need help, and there's no agenda that we have other than helping people," said Scharkey.

Action recycling has a message for anyone trying to sell a stolen battery.

"Don't come here. We've had a lot of arrests and we're very vigilant in looking out for stolen material," said Ahlborn.

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