Fuel stolen from Oconee church vehicles

Thieves have targeted at least two churches in Oconee County where gasoline was stolen from church vehicles left parked on the properties.

The thefts of gasoline occurred on at least four occasions from vehicles at Grace Baptist Church on Hog Mountain Road and at Faith Presbyterian Church on Mars Hill Road, according to Oconee County sheriff’s reports.

“We don’t have any leads yet, but we’re working on it,” Oconee Sheriff Scott Berry said Friday. “I think the evidence would suggest it’s very likely the same person.”

A member of Faith Presbyterian reported Thursday that gasoline was stolen Jan. 23 from the church van and that the thief caused damage resulting in a $207 repair bill. The same damage had occurred in October 2017, the man reported.

At Grace Baptist, a man reported he drove the vehicle to a location to purchase gas and discovered the filler neck hose had been cut, according to a report. The man reported the same type theft had occurred two weeks earlier to a different vehicle, but it was not reported to the sheriff’s office.

 

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