KCSO Looks for Man Accused of Stealing Thousands of Dollars Worth of Diesel Fuel

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of stealing 1,800 gallons of fuel from a storage tank.

The Sheriff's Office says that during the first five weeks of the year, West Virginia Paving lost $8,000 in diesel fuel from the tank.

The company had the tank inspected for leaks, then reviewed surveillance footage and found a modified white pickup in the footage.

Investigators say the man driving truck stole nearly 1,800 gallons of fuel in January and February.

Nearby businesses say they're proactive when it comes to protecting their employees and products. "We had a break-in one time and they didn't steal anything major and didn't bother any computers or anything," says Tim Bell. He's the president of Bell Plumbing and Heating. It's not too far from West Virginia Paving. "We have a security system and we haven't had a lot of trouble but we have signs on the door and signs in the yard that protects us from potential thieves. I think that's the first deterrent."

Kanwaha County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Brian Humphreys says security systems are well worth the cost for businesses."It's never a cheap option to implement, but having something like a surveillance system does help us be able to identify people after the fact and help us get some attention, be able to get some leads, and get pointed in the right direction to solve some crimes."

Anyone with information on the truck, its owner or driver, or the thefts is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169.

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