Wendell police search van suspected in theft of 338 gallons of diesel

From staff reportsDecember 6, 2012 

— Police are trying to determine if a modified van abandoned at a Sheetz fuel station was used to steal 338 gallons of diesel fuel from another gas station on Nov. 13.

The manager of the Wendell Mart on Wendell Boulevard noticed that the fuel was missing during an audit on Nov. 15. A review of security camera footage from two days earlier showed a white van parked near the access ports to the underground fuel tanks from about 11:18 to 11:55 p.m., according to a search warrant made public this week.

The van had no rear windows, black wheels with no hubcaps, a black ladder rack and black front and rear bumpers, according to the warrant.

Wendell police spotted the van at the nearby Sheetz station on Nov. 21. An officer looked inside and saw two large collection tanks in back of the van and a large hole cut in the bottom.

The driver of the van was last seen fleeing the Sheetz on foot.

After obtaining a warrant, police searched the van and found two gas nozzles, one set of gloves, a pipe wrench, a screwdriver, a lug wrench, rubber gloves, two flashlights, a gas siphoning tube and a shop light.

No arrests have been made.

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