Major fuel thefts in Blaine in one week

Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, there have been four major thefts of gasoline, according to Blaine police reports.

Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson said gas drive-offs are the most common type of gas thefts. These most recent gas thefts go way beyond this.

The main connection is diesel fuel being targeted, Olson said.

In one case, a person removed the fuel cap and stole approximately 75 gallons of diesel fuel from a dump truck. This happened in the 1700 block of Radisson Road and police were alerted Oct. 26 after 11:30 a.m.

In a second case, somebody drilled a hole into the gas tank of a company vehicle in the 3890 block of Pheasant Ridge Drive N.E. According to the police report, the vehicle had a puddle under it, but it is unknown if any gas was taken. This report was made at about 2 p.m. Oct. 31.

Somebody drilled a hole in a company pickup truck in the 450 block of 103rd Court N.E. This was reported to police around 7:30 a.m. Nov. 1 and $80 worth of diesel fuel was stolen.

A person in the 3070 block of 84th Lane N.E. called police around 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to report that somebody cut the fuel line to a vehicle leased by the business and took between 30 to 35 gallons of diesel fuel.

Olson encouraged people to make sure their vehicles are properly secured and to check on them even when they are not being used. If you ever see suspicious activity, do not hesitate to call 911.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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