Kentucky State Police announced Thursday they are investigating a string of diesel fuel thefts across the state, including fuel that was stolen from a Federal Aviation Administration radar tower.
The FAA reported two diesel fuel thefts within three days of each other, according to the news release. The first robbery was reported on Jan. 28 when 600 gallons was stolen from a radar tower near the Virginia border. A second theft of 55 gallons reported on Feb. 1 at the same location.
The total value of the fuel taken from the FAA is estimated to be more than $2,200, according to police.
Two days later, police received a report of 475 gallons of diesel fuel being stolen from Forrest Products Incorporated located in Harlan County. Police said that three Motorola two-way radios, five CB radios and several hand tools were also reported stolen.
The value of the fuel stolen from the company is estimated at $1,700 and the other stolen items are valued at $1,500, according to police.
The fuel stolen from the two sites is No. 2 grade fuel, which is designated for off-road use and could be used to heat homes, police said.
Kentucky State Police said they believe the three thefts are connected and are urging the public to call police if they’ve purchased fuel from private individuals.
Anthony with information is urged to call Post 10 in Harlan County at 606-573-3131.