Fuel Security News
Thu, March 12, 2015 - 9:17:00
Fuel theft round up for 1st March – 11th March
Men jailed after attempted theft of diesel in Northumberland
Patrick Maughan, Anthony Dickinson and Lewis Brough were given prison sentences after admitting conspiracy to steal from a Northumberland garage and post depot, as well as admitting setting fire to an 18-tonne lorry in an attempt to cover their tracks.
The three men were using a stolen HGV filled with diesel storage containers when they attempted their first break at the Alnwick Royal Mail base in November 2012. However, once inside the compound their lorry got stuck in mud and the three men panicked, setting fire to the stolen HGV before leaving on foot.
The fire they started ended up spreading to three nearby cars, causing more than £12,000-worth of damage.
Despite all this, Maughan, Dickinson and Brough returned to Northumberland a week later and this time targeted Adderstone Garage, near Belford. But their plan was interrupted after they were caught siphoning diesel, forcing them to abandon £3,000 of fuel and another stolen lorry.
The men were quickly caught by police, after latex gloves and a cigarette end containing their DNA were found in the abandoned lorry at the garage.
After a lengthy investigation, Maughan, 29, was jailed for three-and-a-half years, Dickinson, 46, four years, and Brough, 22, three years and three months. All pleaded guilty on the day of the trial to conspiracy to theft. Dickinson also admitted a charge of arson in relation to the lorry at the post depot.
It has been reported that diesel was stolen from a tank located at a property in Fairhead Road, Ballycastle. It was thought to have taken place sometime last week (2nd – 8th March). The theft is currently being investigated by police.
Three incidents of theft have taken place in Great Thurlow.
The thefts, which took place sometime overnight between February 27th and 28th, involved 1000 litres of domestic heating oil, worth £390, being taken from a tank at the rear of a house in the village.
Two cars were also broken into, which saw a sat nav, hands free kit and an iPod stolen, estimated at a total of £80.
Police are linking the thefts and are investigating. Anybody with any information should call 101.
Attempted theft of heating oil in Upper Boddington
A thief was left empty-handed after he tried breaking into a house and heating oil storage tank in Church Road, Upper Boddington.
The attempted break in is thought to have happened sometime between 8pm on Monday night and 8am on Tuesday.
It is believed that the thief had tried to force entry to the tank, which was located in the back garden of the property, but failed to get inside it. The thief then tried to get into the house through a ground floor window, but failed again.
As a result, no property was stolen. Police are asking anybody with any information to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police appeal after stolen fuel found
West Midlands Police are asking anybody who believe they have been a victim of a fuel theft on Thursday 5th March to contact them, after stolen fuel was found. The fuel is thought to have been vehicle clear diesel.
Two men, who were driving a vehicle with a Polish registration, were arrested at about 4am on March 5th in Main Road, Meriden, near Coventry. A large amount of fuel was found stored in containers in the rear of the white Ford Transit Van they were in.
Anyone with any information, please contact police on 101, West Midlands Police and quote incident 180 of Friday, March 6.
Industrial estates warned over recent rise in crime
Police in Plympton say there has been an increase in crime on commercial and retail industrial estates over the past three months, especially in the theft of fuel.
This has led police to alert industrial estates, units and retail parks and to ensure that their properties are secure. Parkway, Chantry Court, Valley Road, Newnham and Langage trading estates have all been hit by the recent thefts.
PC Rendle of Plympton Police, said: “One particular crime of note is the theft of fuel. We’ve had half a dozen where offenders have drilled out petrol tanks and siphoned off fuel, or they’ve just lifted the caps off, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage on top of the cost of the diesel.”
He added: “My advice would be to park vehicles in a locked and secure compound or parking in such a position that the offenders cannot access the fuel tanks.”
Police also asked for property owners to check their CCTV is working, as well as keeping buildings locked and secured, with alarms set.
Extra police patrols are being conducted in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Plympton Police via Facebook, on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.
Heating oil theft in Banbridge
Police are investigating after heating oil was stolen from a property on Cline Road.
It is believed that the theft occurred sometime between Friday 20th February and Monday 2nd March.
Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity, or has any information is being asked to contact Banbridge Police on 101 quoting reference number 439020315 – or alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Keep your fuel safe by following the following tips put together by the Fuel Security Monitor:
+ Keeping a check on your fuel level, to determine how much is being used and to know if your fuel level has taken a sudden drop.
+ Securing your tank by using tank alarms, by putting it out of sight to passers by but in sight so that you can see it from your home, and try making access to your tank difficult for thieves, by planting shrubbery around it or placing plant pots around it.
+ Install security lighting so that you are alerted to when somebody may be on your property, in the hope that it'll scare them away, they'll be seen or it'll be easier to identify them.
For other information, tips and advice for keeping your fuel safe, have a look on the Fuel Security Monitor website, or read our Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or our Diesel Fuel Security Guide. Alternatively, visit our Twitter for updates and news bulletins.