Town keeping eye out for diesel thief

The town has installed lights and plans to buy cameras for the highway department garage after it wa
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The town has installed lights and plans to buy cameras for the highway department garage after it was discovered that someone stole about $500 worth of diesel fuel there within the past year, town Supervisor Alan McLain said.

About a month ago, Highway Superintendent Melvin Dopp noticed that fuel costs this year were higher than normal, McLain said.

“We started keeping a real close eye on what was being used and found out that [in] some of the equipment that wasn’t even being used, the fuel was missing,” McLain said.

The town stores many vehicles and other equipment inside, but some of the older vehicles, such as pavers, are kept outside, McLain said.

Officials plan to purchase two cameras for about $300 each to be placed outside the highway department garage.

The town also wants to use part of a $20,000 town court security grant that it is applying for to add a third outdoor camera. The town court is located in the old Town Hall near the highway department garage.

All three cameras would run continuously.

“We hope to put a stop to it, and if we do catch someone, we’ll prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” McLain said. “This is taxpayer money they’re stealing.”

McLain said he hopes to be able to propose the purchase of the two cameras by the next Town Board meeting, which is set for Sept. 18.

“Desperate times, people do desperate things,” he added.

The are currently no suspects in the thefts, although officials believe the thieves have knowledge of the equipment, according to McLain.

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