156 gallons of gas stolen from county
Moffat County Road and Bridge officials reported on Thursday that 156 gallons of gasoline had been stolen from a department storage tank near Hamilton.
Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Skip Duncan said the locks to the tank had been cut. It’s undetermined whether the gas was stolen in one incident or a series of thefts. It was valued at $302.64, he said.
“It may have been siphoned off for a period of time, or all at once. I couldn’t speculate,” Duncan said.
Road and Bridge supervisor Linda DeRose said workers check tank levels weekly. The department may have to institute further measures to ensure that no more gas is stolen, she said.
“When we checked the totals, we realized somebody had helped themselves,” she said. “They’re just stealing from you and I.”
DeRose said the county has had some problems in the past with people siphoning fuel from tanker trucks that have been left on work sites overnight.
Duncan told of incidents years ago when people would steal hay when the price of one bale topped $14.
Gas prices in Craig hovered at about $2.49 a gallon on Friday. Those prices reflected some of the highest rates across the state, according to Web sites that track the information.
“When gas is almost $3 a gallon, what do you expect?” Duncan said.
Duncan said the sheriff’s office isn’t surprised that gas was stolen. However, they are stunned at the quantity that was taken. That many gallons of gas would be enough to fill a tractor-trailer, but those trucks usually run on diesel fuel. A large consumer vehicle may have a tank that holds up to 30 gallons of fuel.
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