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An investigation is underway from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division concerning the theft of approximately 2,100 gallons of diesel fuel. 

suspectThe incident occurred at a local business in the Goodrich area, on the night of Saturday, Jan. 15. 

The store manager noticed a significant fuel shortage in the nighttime sales and inventory report the following morning. Security video shows three different one-ton work trucks driven by Hispanic males, pulling up to a diesel pump and dispensing fuel into the trucks, as well as additional tanks in the truck beds. 

Detectives met with technicians knowledgeable in fuel pump operations, who advised the detectives how the suspects were able to alter the pumps to dispense fuel at a lower cost per gallon. 

Those who recognize any of the attached suspects, vehicles or have information on this case are asked to contact the sheriff’s office and speak to a detective at 936-327-6810. Tipsters may remain anonymous by contacting the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where a cash reward could be collected for information leading to an arrest.

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