The Weld County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a string of fuel thefts from local ranches that have taken place during the past month.

The first reported gasoline theft occurred on December 5 from a property near Weld County Road 47 and Weld 66. At 8:30 a.m., the victim was made aware of a fuel leak by his landlord.

When the victim drove to check on the 500-gallon tank, he noticed that the pump handle had been broken, which caused 150 gallons of gasoline to spill into the surrounding area. The victim did have trail cameras monitoring the tanks, and the footage showed a man attempting to steal fuel during the early morning hours.

The man was in a white pickup, that was possibly a Chevy Silverado. He was wearing dark colored pants and a light-colored jacket.


It's estimated that the lost fuel, plus the broken pump, from this incident totaled approximately $545.50.


Weld County deputies responded to another report of a gasoline theft on December 10. This attempt took place overnight at a ranch near the intersection of Weld 23 and Weld 34. Fortunately, this victim also had a trail camera installed, which captured footage of the suspects. The film first showed a Mercedes SUV pulling up at 1:14 a.m., and being driven by a man wearing a jacket, pants and a ballcap.


At 5:40 a.m., the trail camera revealed a Toyota sedan, being driven by a female, arriving at the tanks.


Upon investigating, deputies recovered a face mask, a gas cap, and two cut pad locks as evidence.

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The property owner called police again four days later, to report that her trail camera had caught another suspect attempting to steal gasoline from her ranch. This time, the vehicle was a white GMC Sierra pickup. According to deputies, the driver of the truck attempted to steal dyed diesel fuel, but was unable to grind through new chains and padlocks that were installed on the tanks.
Deputies recovered one link from the chain that had been ground halfway through as evidence.
Anyone with information about the people or vehicles featured in the photos is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (970) 356-4000. Tips may also be submitted to the  Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at

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