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More than 800 gallons of diesel fuel stolen

September 16, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

More than 800 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen on two separate days this week from a construction site at the intersection of Downsville Pike and Rench Road, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The first theft was reported Monday morning when workers went to the site and found 630 gallons of diesel fuel was missing, Lt. Mark Knight said Wednesday.

Another 230 gallons of diesel fuel was reported missing from the site Tuesday morning, Knight said.

Knight said police think the thefts are related and that the second theft probably occurred because the perpetrators found the site was an easy target for fuel theft.

Tanks of fuel are typically kept at building sites to run construction equipment, Knight said.

Large pieces of equipment are being kept at the construction site along Downsville Pike, Knight said. Given the large amount of fuel stolen, Knight said he believes a pump was probably used to steal the fuel, which likely was hauled away on a truck, Knight said.

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Knight said he was not sure what is being built at the site.

It was the third time since Sunday that materials have been stolen from the construction site, police said.

On Sunday, scrap metal and other construction materials were reported stolen from the site, according to the sheriff's department.

Police have said they have a suspect in that theft.

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