Fuel Theft

Wisconsin police say that a truck driver is facing felony charges after allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of diesel fuel and reselling it to other truck drivers.

Thirty-seven year old truck driver Frank J. Perrone has been issued felony theft charges related to a scheme involving the theft and resale of diesel fuel, according to a report from the Kenosha News.

Authorities say that Perrone stole more than 14,000 gallons of diesel over a period of several months from a fuel distribution business in Lake Geneva where he worked.

According to a criminal complaint issued by the Walworth County district attorney, Perrone’s employer became suspicious when he showed up to work on his days off and when some of his delivery records went missing.

The employer allegedly used GPS and satellite imagery to track Perrone to locations in Spring Grove and Fox Lake, Illinois.

After tracking Perrone with GPS, the employer then followed him to a location in Spring Grove and watched “while the defendant fueled up several trucks.”

Perrone has called the incident a “misunderstanding” caused by “a faulty fuel management system.”

The value of the 14,775 gallons of stolen fuel is estimated at $36,279.

Perrone could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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