Hammond, La — The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested three men as part of a theft operation in which over 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen from a local service station.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning, detectives made contact with the owner of Chuck’s Quick Way in Pumpkin Center of a possible theft in progress. When deputies arrived at the location, they observed two 18-Wheelers parked in the fuel bays, one of which was actively receiving diesel fuel. Three subjects were observed running fuel lines into both tanks on stated truck. At this time, all three subjects were detained pending investigation.
The investigation revealed that these same subjects were caught on surveillance video stealing fuel on numerous occasions. It was also discovered that Pedro Perez, 42, of Miami, FL, Carlos Gonzales, 41 of Miami, FL, and Eliobel Jorge, 46 of Haileah, FL, have stolen over 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel from Chuck’s Quick Way over the past 3 months.
On June 5, it was proven that these three subjects stole approximately $5,000 worth of diesel fuel before being detained.
Detectives was able to recover several electronic devices from the trucks that were used to interfere with the owners computer system allowing them to steal the fuel.
The subjects were taken into custody and charged with two counts of Motor Vehicle Fuel Theft.
Similar cases of this type of fuel theft are believed to have occurred from Texas to Florida. Detectives will continue to investigate the case.