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Thieves hit Wood County precinct barn, get more than 500 gallons of diesel fuel, hoses

By Jimmy Isaac jisaac@news-journal.com
Aug. 25, 2011 at 3:42 a.m.

Authorities say a thief or thieves who "knew what they were doing" broke into the Wood County Precinct 2 Barn and stole 520 gallons of green diesel fuel and two 10-foot gas hoses.

Sheriff Bill Wasnley said the fuel and hoses are valued at $2,300. The case is under investigation.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Jerry Gaskill, who is in his third term and worked 18 years at the barn prior to taking office in 2002, said someone cut the barn's gate lock and chain and then cut locks on the pumps and breaker boxes to access the green diesel, used to fuel county dump trucks. Gaskill believes a trailer was used because of the amount of diesel taken, but precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday has ruined tire tracks that could have traced the culprit.

A Precinct 2 worker discovered the break-in at about 5:30 this morning. The commissioner said the heist occurred sometime between this morning and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when workers locked the gates.

"I was already in the negative on fuel, like most people that budgeted last year," Gaskill said. "Now, I have to get more because I can't run my dump trucks without it, so it does affect our precinct pretty good."

Gaskill said it is the first break-in at the barn since the 1980s when someone stole a truck by cutting through a back fence. The barn is located in the 700 block of Greenville Highway in Quitman.

"I don't know who it was (in Thursday's break-in), but someone knew what they were doing because of the breaker boxes," Gaskill said.



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