Fuel thefts averaging nearly three per day, totaling almost $90,000

Associated PressSeptember 4, 2012 

Juneau police issued warnings about an increase of fuel thefts this year, and the incidents are averaging about three thefts a day.

Sgt. Paul Hatch told KINY-TV the value of items taken in June and July was nearly $90,000. Police have recovered about $20,000 of that.Police said people are siphoning fuel from vehicles, taking fuel cans from boats parked near the Douglas Highway and stealing heating oil.

In August, police received 94 reports of fuel thefts, 105 reports in July and 83 in June.

Police encourage residents to put their names and phone numbers on items such as fuel cans and boat motors.

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