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Oklahoma authorities look into diesel theft

Authorities investigating a possible fuel theft ring after two California men were arrested last month in Clinton trying to use a black-market device to turn on fuel pumps at a convenience store.
by Jay F. Marks Published: November 3, 2012
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Authorities are investigating a possible multistate fuel theft ring after two California men were arrested last month in the theft of 160 gallons of diesel fuel from a Clinton convenience store.

One of the men demonstrated — on video — how they had used a black-market device to turn on the pump without paying for the fuel, Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples said.

Eduado Obanesyan and Aram Torossian, both 49, were arrested Oct. 26 after a reserve deputy noticed their fuel trailer lingering at a local convenience store. Such trucks usually fill up at truck stops, the sheriff said.

Deputy Walt Schumacher saw the men fill both tanks on the truck, but when he approached, the pump showed they had only gotten $3 worth of fuel, Peoples said.

Torossian showed the deputy how the man had used a remote control to turn on the pump, the sheriff said. He re-enacted the theft as authorities videotaped him.

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by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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