(Lynch, Ky.) – On January 28, 2016 Kentucky State police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from the Federal Aviation Administration reporting a theft of 600 gallons of diesel fuel stolen from their radar tower located on the Kentucky/Virginia line on Black Mountain.
The diesel fuel that was stolen from the site was valued at $2100.00 dollars. Tpr. James Earl Hensley is conducting the investigation.
On February 1, 2016 Ksp Post 10 was notified of a second theft of diesel fuel at the same location. Tpr. Michael Cornett responded to the location and discovered that 55 gallons of fuel was taken valued at $192.50.
On February 3, 2016 Ksp Post 10 received a theft complaint from Forrest Products Incorporated in the Lynch community of Harlan County. Tpr. Michael Cornett responded to the scene and discovered 475 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen from their logging site on Ky 160/ Black Mountain area. The value of diesel fuel stolen from this site is $1700.00. Also stolen from this site were three Motorola 2 way radios, five cb radios, various hand tools with a total value of $1500.00
Kentucky State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in these thefts. The diesel fuel taken from these sites is # 2 grade fuel which is designated for off road use and can be used for home heating purposes. Troopers believe that all three thefts are connected and also asking for anyone who may have purchased discounted diesel fuel from private individuals to contact the investigating troopers. Anyone with information is urged to call Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131.
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