Arrest made in diesel fuel theft

March 21, 2008 5:18:38 PM PDT
Police in Richmond have arrested a man they say stole 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel. Richard Owens, 30, of Richmond was arrested Thursday night and is charged with theft. The truck and trailer allegedly used in the thefts were recovered by the Richmond Police Department.

Richmond police say that on March 3, they believe Owens ripped off two separate gas stations. About 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel was taken from a Valero station on FM 2218. It's worth about $3,519. Employees didn't even realize the theft had taken place until two days later when they went to receive a shipment of fuel.

Surveillance video shows that on March 3, a suspect driving a full size extended cab dually pickup truck, brown or beige in color, pulling a white, fully enclosed cargo trailer pulled into the Valero parking lot and parked over the fuel fill storage covers. Police believe the trailer contained some sort of pumping device and storage containers.

The same suspect was spotted on video at another Valero at 8am that same day. The other gas station is located on Highway 90A. When that gas station received fuel, they discovered they were missing 400 gallons of diesel fuel worth about $1,436.

Police say Owens is not being cooperative.

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