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Oklahoma man charged in crude oil thefts

Yukon resident Mark Dale Bass Jr. has been charged with stealing crude oil.
by Jay F. Marks Published: January 12, 2013
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A Yukon man has been charged with multiple felony counts that could land him in prison for decades as authorities continue to investigate a string of crude oil thefts in several counties.

Mark Dale Bass Jr. was arrested Thursday after being charged last month in Canadian County District Court with six counts of tapping a pipeline to steal oil, each one punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Bass, 34, also faces charges of concealing stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of methamphetamine stemming from his Oct. 5 arrest after authorities followed him to a well site near Rush Springs.

Bass, who owns his own tanker truck, subsequently admitted to multiple oil thefts after investigators debunked his claim that the truck was filled with wastewater from a tank battery near Davis, according to court documents.

Canadian County sheriff's Capt. Kevin Ward said Friday the case is still under investigation as authorities try to determine if anyone else was involved in the thefts.

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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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