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Thief Stole Over $5000 of Fuel From Fellow Truck Drivers

by Jana Ritter - Published: 4/01/2016

Truck drivers have enough to worry about with the increasingly sophisticated cargo thieves stealing freight, but stealing diesel fuel from fellow truck drivers puts this criminal on a whole other level of low. On Wednesday morning, 51-year-old Donald L. Struble, a truck driver from Bangor, Michigan was arrested for doing just that (numerous times since last July) and is now facing criminal charges.

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According to Lt. Curt Apperson of the Champaign County sheriff's office, a north Champaign truck repair business (CIT Trucks) had been filing reports about diesel fuel theft occurring at their lot since last July. The reports indicated that several of their customers had complained that their rigs were being returned to them with less diesel fuel than when they came in for repair. "CIT set up a camera system that automatically notified electronically when people arrived on their lot. We captured images of Struble stealing diesel from semis that were being worked on and some that were ready for pickup from their business," Apperson says. Apperson continues that CIT eventually obtained video footage showing Struble on the lot, allegedly stealing the fuel. They were able to discern from the video that he was using an electric pump to siphon diesel fuel from trucks on the lot into his own rig, Apperson explains. It was enough for law enforcement to act and patrol deputies were alerted to be on the lookout for Struble. Finally at about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, a deputy spotted Struble on the lot and he appeared to be setting up for another diesel theft with his rig parked very close to another.

                                                          diesel fuel thief arrested

The deputy moved in and confronted the startled man. "He had no explanation for being on the lot," Apperson says. He was arrested and taken into custody, where detectives questioned him about the previous thefts. Apperson says that Struble’s job had him routinely delivering pickles from Michigan to St. Louis and his route allowed him to become familiar with the truck repair business, which is close to the Road Ranger truck stop just off I-57. Sure enough, Struble ended up confessing that he had stolen diesel at least 14 times from the repair lot. Apperson says that the video surveillance supports many of the thefts he admitted to and given those admissions, detectives believe Struble may have stolen as much as $5,000 worth of fuel from other trucks between mid-July and Wednesday morning. He was charged with a Class 3 felony theft between $500 and $10,000 carrying penalties upon conviction ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.


Kevin Richardson
Kevin Richardson
This isn't new news,thus why they put anti device inside tank where you can't suck diesel out. Older models best put lock caps
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
He was stealing from trucks in a repair yard for the last 8 months until Wednesday...when he was caught.
Shawn Hutchison
Shawn Hutchison
You can take a flat head screwdriver and pop those"anti theft" screens out of the neck of the tank,so those are useless and those locking caps are useless to,if a theif wants it they will take it
David Fletcher
David Fletcher
Shawn Hutchison you beat me to it. Any "respectable" crook with even half a brain is going to get into that fuel tank...period.
Kevin Richardson
Kevin Richardson
Not true because they don't like to spend much time. Its cut and go method.
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
totally couldnt agree more
Tony Lazzara
Tony Lazzara
Their was a story bout a guy stealing from a small fuel stop at nite the bigger charge was using fuel without paying the tax on it
Bryan Houck
Bryan Houck
Back n the 80s I went to Gary In to tow a truck back to Hamilton phi noticed 2 2 in hoses riled up behind cab hooked to a pump that ran off a pto I said what's that for he said jb hunt buys all my fuel he said he could suck 100 gallon less 2 min
George Latourell
George Latourell
No need to beat the man, if he's charged with a felony he should lose his CDL, and if he does time he should be out of business.
Michael Droster
Michael Droster
Felonies don't take away your CDL ;-)
Bill Fields
Bill Fields
And felonies don't stop you from getting one either
Jeff Spica
Jeff Spica
Another shit-house lawyer heard from.
George Latourell
George Latourell
For fucks sake, a guy can't make a simple comment with out the trolls throwing in their BS!
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
<3
Derril Salter
Derril Salter
They used to steal spare tires from under the trailers too.
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
<3 This
Nicholas Tomcheck
Nicholas Tomcheck
Put his hands under the drive tires and slowly drive over them I guarantee he won't do it again.
Matt McDonald
Matt McDonald
I had my passenger side tank drained at the pilot in North Little Rock. Truck wouldn't start in the morning. I had to towed to Peterbilt where they informed my my tank had been sucked dry
Robert Burnette
Robert Burnette
No more delivering Pickles... But he may get a pickle where he's going...lol
John Mcbride
John Mcbride
Yeah he's going to get a whole new meaning to pickle park
Dvincent Rafdal
Dvincent Rafdal
Can't stand a thief...what a piece of shit
Richard A Grambort
Richard A Grambort
He needs to be tied bent over his own fuel tank, and his siphon hose shoved up his,,, uhh,, uhm,, backside.
Rodney Hoskinson
Rodney Hoskinson
This has been going on for over 30 years
Darin McBride
Darin McBride
On top of what ever else the courts give him, he should lose his CDL for life!!!
James Daniel
James Daniel
Damn it Driver..... Need a bottle of piss in his face..
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Yes!
Eric Culp
Eric Culp
A friend had this happen in Prescott, AR. Remember Steve Parker
Allen Hudson
Allen Hudson
HELL THAT AN'T JUST STARTED THAT THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE GOT CAUGHT
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
That thief wasn't my "Fellow Truck Driver". He was and is just a thief.
William Seifert
William Seifert
There have always been sleazeballs doin crap like that.......
Rick Horstman
Rick Horstman
He needs Street justice !!!
David Hackney
David Hackney
Needs a serious ass kicking!
Jessica Whalen
Jessica Whalen
That hits a new low.
Maxine Randall
Maxine Randall
That's crazy!
Kate Campbell
Kate Campbell
Bastard
Jon Sell
Jon Sell
Basterd ! 😡
Rochea Simms
Rochea Simms
Crazy
Ron Vibert
Ron Vibert
What a dummy
Jeff Kerr
Jeff Kerr
Fucker!!!!!
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
Give him all 5 years!!!
Stacey Wright
Stacey Wright
You find low lives in all business
Kenny Clower
Kenny Clower
POS
Wayne Grinder
Wayne Grinder
Suppose to pump freight haulers only
Trish Scott
Trish Scott
Maybe this is just another indication of how low our rates are.
James Canady
James Canady
No its not....it's how low some people are. ...
Shannon Childs
Shannon Childs
No, it's an indication of a theif. And also not a bright one. He couldn't manage his money and make a living on his own.
Dave Brendel
Dave Brendel
Put bullet in his head
Jim Rigney
Jim Rigney
Click....bang!! problem solved.
Todd Strait
Todd Strait
Is he dead yet or do I need to do it
Darren Nordquist
Darren Nordquist
Damn idiot if I saw this I'd shoot him
Chris Comp
Chris Comp
Nah driver Shooting the bastard is too easy . Tire bar to both hands and take out his kneecaps make the theiving bastard suffer in pain for rest of his life
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
I Agree anyone else?
Jeremy Lassiter
Jeremy Lassiter
Low life piece of shit
Mario Douglas
Mario Douglas
Wow
Dan McClain
Dan McClain
Bashing his face in seem justified
Ron Vibert
Ron Vibert
Caught doing 1 we h admit to others
John H Burgess
John H Burgess
He'll come up missing
Zachary O'Connor
Zachary O'Connor
Shoot that SOB
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Amazing very informative
Miguel Figueroa
Miguel Figueroa
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