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Heating Oil Theft Near Laurencekirk

Police are appealing for witnesses and asking residents in rural rears to be vigilant following the theft of 1000 litres of heating fuel. The fuel was taken from a tank located within the garden of a farm house near Laurencekirk overnight between Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March 2022.

Anyone with information can contact the Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference PS-20220310-3497

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer PC Mike Urquhart said:

"Heating oil tanks have the potential to store thousands of pounds worth of fuel, and are often located in remote areas - this can make them an attractive target for thieves. With spiralling oil and gas costs we can expect to see an increase in this type of crime. Being a victim of heating oil theft is a costly, inconvenient and upsetting experience.

"In order to steal heating oil, thieves will usually decant, syphon or pump oil from your tank into other containers. Thieves might use this oil themselves, or sell it on."

Advice regarding home security can be found at www.scotland.police.uk

Original Message Sent By: Michael Urquhart (Police, Constable, North East Division).

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