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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“We're following up on leads that we have,” Ward said.

Bass, who is free after posting $30,000 bail, is due back in court Jan. 30.

His attorney, Chris Sloan, declined to comment on the case.

Bass is accused of stealing oil from well sites belonging to three different energy companies in August and September. Authorities also followed him to a Grady County site owned by Edmond's Spring Energy Co.

Bass could face additional charges in other counties. Authorities are investigating thefts in at least six counties.

Canadian County prosecutors also have begun proceedings to seize Bass' truck, a 2001 Peterbilt with a 150-barrel tank trailer.

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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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