Suspect had pumped several hundred gallons of fuel when he was interrupted
Southern California man was arrested on multiple charges after he was interrupted in a brazen daylight fuel theft on Sunday, Taft Police report.
Chief of Police Ed Whiting said the suspect was pumping diesel fuel from vehicles parked at Huddleston Crane on Black Gold Court about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday when he was spotted by an employee.
The suspect, later identified as Walter Giovanny Rosales, 22, of Bellflower, tried to flee on foot.
Taft Police were called and caught up with the suspect after he fled northbound through the fields.
He resisted arrest at first but was taken into custody.
It was a fairly sophisticated crime, according to Whiting.
The suspect was in a Ford E350 cargo truck that held several large tanks with a capacity of at least 300 gallons each, the chief said, and he was using an electric pump to drain the fuel from parked in the Huddleston yard.
He had removed about700 gallons of fuel from vehicles when he was interrupted, Whting said
The truck itself was reported stolen out of Pleasanton in northern California, Whiting added.
The chief said information on the case is being shared with the Kern County Sheriff's Rural Crimes Investigations Unit.
"They've been having a lot of fuel thefts in the area," Whiting said.
Rosales was charged with burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.