NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are investigating after a slippery suspect went on an oil-stealing spree.
They say Maxum Petroleum on Viscose Road was robbed of more than $100,000 worth of commercial-grade oil.
Employees found several 55-gallon drums and 15-gallon drums missing, according to police.
Officers believe the suspect struck every night over a week-long period, stealing a few drums at a time. They say removing the large containers may have required the use of heavy machinery.
It's a crime neighbors say doesn't stop with the company's loss, but also affects the whole community.
"It's going to hurt the small businesses too," George Null said. "If a large business can be hurt like that, the small businesses that can't afford additional security won't be able to compete."
Police say they have identified a suspect but are not releasing that person's name at this time.
It's not clear right now what the suspect planned to do with the oil or if they attempted to sell it.
Representatives of Maxum declined to comment at this time.
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