Kentucky State Police Troopers Micheal Cornett and James Earl Hensley are investigating three thefts in Harlan County with similarities.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said in a press release on Thursday that KSP is seeking the public’s assistance with the thefts.
Jacobs said on Jan. 28 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 $2,100. He said Hensley is conducting the investigation regarding this theft.
On Feb. 1, Jacobs said the Kentucky State Police was notified of a second theft of diesel fuel at the same location at Black Mountain. Cornett responded to the location and discovered that 55 gallons of fuel was taken valued at $192.50.
Jacobs said on Feb. 3 the state police received a similar theft complaint from Forrest Products Incorporated in the Lynch community of Harlan County.
“Trooper Cornett responded to the scene and discovered 475 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen from their logging site on KY 160 in the Black Mountain area,” Jacobs said. “The value of the diesel fuel stolen from this site is $1,700.”
Jacobs said also stolen from this site were three Motorola two-way radios, five CB radios and various hand tools with a total value of $1500.
“The Kentucky State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in these thefts,” Jacobs said. “The diesel fuel taken from these sites is No. 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.”
Jacobs said anyone with information is urged to call Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131.
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