Stolen truck recovered but damaged; Seatrain broken into

Oilfield thieves have been busy in the McKittrick area and the Kern County Sheriff's Rural Crimes Investigations Unit is investigating several thefts there as well as near Derby Acres.

Here is the latest report:

•On March 19 between 4:45 a.m. and 5:43 a.m., unknown suspects stole a 2013 Ford F550 service truck with a utility bed containing miscellaneous oilfield tools from an oil lease located near Highway 33 and Second Street in McKittrick. The truck was later recovered. However, it had sustained approximately $20,000 in damage. If anyone has any information about this incident, contact Detective Corey Stacy at 661-392-6006 or StacyC@kernsheriff.org. Refer to case #2019-00043675. 

•On March 23, between 11 p.m. and 11:22 p.m. hours, unknown suspects burglarized a Seatrain belonging to an oil company located near Reward Road and Highway 33. If anyone has any information about this investigation, contact Stacy. Refer to case #2019-00046582. 

•On March 17, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., unknown suspects cut out an approximate 3-foot square section of chain link fence on an oil lease located in the 3600 block of Reward Road, and attempted to steal copper wire from a storage yard. Contact Stacy with any information. Refer to case #2019-00042814. 

•On March 6 between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., someone burglarized an oilfield office near Highway 33 in Derby Acres and caused over $10,000 in property damage. Contact Stacy with any information about this investigation. Refer to case #2019-00036171. 

•Between March 16 at 5 a.m. and March 17 at 7 a.m., unknown suspects forced entry to a Seatrain on an oilfield lease near Wallace Road and McCombs Road, and stole 2 blue power grinders, 4 boxes of welding rods, 2 oxygen tanks, an acetylene tank and a welding torch with valves and tubing. Contact Detective Richard Hudson at 661-392-6091 or Hudson