The Edmond Sun

August 13, 2013

Police: Thief takes $800 worth of fuel from cell tower

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Officers have investigated a high-dollar fuel theft at an Edmond business, one of several such incidents in recent months.

During the morning of Aug. 8, Police Officer William Wright was dispatched to 2625 South West I-35 Frontage Road in regards to a burglary, according to an incident report filed by Wright.

Wright stated that he spoke with a worker who said he maintains the generators at several cell phone towers, and several American Tower generators have been burglarized during the past month.

Someone cut the lock on the perimeter chain link and opened the fuel tank using a key, Wright stated. The reporting party said someone stole the keys from Norman and the same key opens all the units.

The person was able to get away with about 250 gallons of diesel valued at about $800, Wright stated. The reporting party said the company is setting up surveillance cameras on the cell towers, Wright stated.

In June, The Edmond Sun reported that a thief siphoned about 200 gallons of gasoline from a truck parked overnight at a business located along Interstate 35.

At 7:58 a.m. on July 15, Police Officer Kendall Miller contacted the victim in the 2600 block of the West I-35 Frontage Road, according to a report filed by Miller. Miller, who stated an estimated about 200 gallons of fuel was taken, saw a large spot of spilled fuel on the ground near the truck.