Suspect arrested in Bay Area diesel fuel heists

SAN MATEO COUNTY – A 38-year-old Castro Valley man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing more than 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel from Bay Area gas stations since the beginning of the year, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The thefts took place at 15 different locations ranging from Monterey County to Napa County, said Sgt. Joe Cang in a news release.

Cang said the suspect, along with several other accomplices, used an electronic device to override software on locked fuel pumps to access the diesel fuel. The suspects then reportedly resold the fuel at a discount at secret locations in the region.

On Thursday, sheriff’s detectives, along with officers from several other law enforcement agencies, served a search warrant at the man’s home in Castro Valley and seized more than 1,000 gallons of fuel the group had intended to resell, Cang said.

The man was arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of commercial burglary, criminal conspiracy, grand theft, theft of utility services and possession of burglary tools.

Cang said the investigation is continuing and authorities are working to identify additional suspects.

Anyone with information related to the case can contact Detective Carryn Barker at 650-363-4050 or cbarker@smcgov.org.

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Author: Jason Green

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