Tips sought in Prineville fuel truck theft

Hooker Creek fuel, tank, trailer worth $10,000

PRINEVILLE, Ore. - Crook County sheriff's deputies said Friday they are seeking tips from the public in hopes of recovering a 1,000-gallon diesel fuel tank and trailer stolen from a Prineville-area Hooker Creek job site late last month.

Deputies were called to a location off Bus Evans Road north of Madras Highway on the report of the stolen fuel tank, mounted on a bumper pull-type trailer, deputies said.

Based on evidence, investigators said someone entered the job site on Nov. 28, and used a vehicle to back up to the trailer and steal it.

The suspect pickup is described as a light-colored single-cab pickup with dark door handles and a toolbox in the back.

The stolen trailer was a Black Morgan Built 16-foot tandem-axle flatbed trailer, they said. The fuel tank is white, with the paint peeling off.

The tank contained 1,000 gallons of off-road diesel, and there was an industrial-size pump affixed to the rear of the trailer, deputies said, adding that the value of all the stolen items, including fuel, is estimated at $10,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Theresa Plinski or Deputy Todd Harnden at the sheriff's office, (541) 447-6398.

You can also contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-TIPS, or use the form on the Crime Stoppers page at KTVZ.COM. You can remain anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.

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