Sheriff's office investigates diesel theft

According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, an ongoing investigation into stolen diesel at a major oil company in Vermilion Parish is causing the rumor mill to run overtime.

Yes, there is an ongoing investigation. Yes, there were several thousand gallons of diesel stolen and sold. Yes the case has gone to the District Attorney’s office. Yes, there is a private investigator from Houston who represents the oil company working with the VPSO and yes there has been a warrant issued for someone involved in the crime.

These are the facts to date, and Sheriff Couvillon has issued a statement concerning the investigation.

“Weak-minded people are saying the Sheriff bought some of this stolen fuel. This is a lie,” Sheriff Couvillon stated.

“The Sheriff is investigating stolen diesel from a major oil company.”

He also mentioned that the warrant that was cut was not for someone from Vermilion Parish.

The investigator from Houston is working closely with VPSO, but officially represents the oil company.

The district attorney’s office did not return phone calls on this matter as of press time.

It is believed that 20,000 gallons of diesel was syphoned from the oil company and then sold to another party for $1 a gallon. The average price of diesel today is $3.50, so at 20,000 gallons it is possible that the theft will cost the company approximately $70,000.

The complete details of the investigation have not been revealed at this time, but will be published as new information is available.

“I’m going to pray for these weak-minded, malicious people that are repeating lies,” Sheriff Couvillon stated.

In an ongoing investigation, evidence is gathered by the department and is turned over to the District Attorney’s office to determine whether or not there will be prosecution.

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