Okla. investigators explore diesel theft

CLINTON, Okla. (AP) -- Two California men have been arrested in Clinton for allegedly using a device to turn on diesel pumps at a convenience store, leading investigators to think a theft ring may be behind the crime.

The men were picked up Oct. 26 after allegedly stealing 160 gallons of fuel using what police said is a device available on the black market.

The Oklahoman reports that one of the men demonstrated for investigators how they used the device to turn on the fuel pump without paying.

Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples says the men were arrested after a reserve deputy saw them lingering at a convenience store. The deputy saw the men fill two tanks, but the pump showed they had only gotten $3 worth of fuel.

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