LIVERMORE FALLS — Since Jan. 23, police have received three reports of heating fuel being stolen from tanks at residences and a church. The latter had 100 gallons of K-1 siphoned from an outside tank, police Chief Ernest Steward Jr. said Wednesday.
The most recent reports came earlier this week, he said. A resident of Souther Road noticed footprints around an outside tank either Monday or Tuesday. About five gallons of oil was stolen, he said.
On Sunday, firefighters were called to a duplex on Depot Street after a strong odor of oil was detected. Police were called in shortly after. Someone had entered a vacant unit, gone to the basement and taken about 10 gallons of oil, Steward said.
The siphon pump was still in the tank.
On Jan. 23, a delivery person noticed a fuel stain in the snow near the fuel tank outside a church, he said. It was initially reported as a hazardous material incident.
Then, workers realized that 100 gallons of K-1 had been siphoned out, Steward said. The loss is estimated at $400.
All three incidents are under investigation.
Surrounding towns have had no reports of heating fuel being stolen.