MACHIAS (AP) – Police say they’re seeing an increase in fuel thefts this season at eastern Maine businesses.

State police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department are investigating numerous thefts during the past few weeks. One of the victims, Cherryfield Foods, lost 600 gallons, which police say has a value of nearly $2,500.

Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Travis Willey says fuel thefts aren’t unheard of, but with prices so high the number of thefts is up sharply this season. And instead of stealing the fuel for themselves, thieves now are reselling it.

Other fuel theft victims range from a construction company to lobster boat owners. Police say they believe a lot of thefts go unreported.

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