Auburn Police seek public's help in parking lot fuel thefts
The Auburn Police Department is seeking the public’s help and reminding people who use a parking lot near the Amtrak station to be aware of suspicious people in the area after a man allegedly punctured holes in vehicle gas tanks to steal fuel.
New photos and a video of the white male, age 35 to 45, have been released by the police department in an effort to identify the alleged suspect. On June 22 and 23, at the parking lot at 277 Nevada St., victims reported having their vehicles vandalized and gas was taken. The replacement cost of the fuel tanks is estimated at $450 and up per vehicle, according to a press release issued by the Auburn Police Department Monday night.
These thefts are from vehicles in the large parking lot area and not the parking lot near the passenger loading platform.
In the video a man wearing a black motorcycle helmet, gray tank-top shirt and black pants pulls up on a gray-colored motorcycle. He parks and pulls out a gas can and gets under a white Toyota truck with the gas can and a drill. The suspect then gets up and walks around back to his motorcycle as a vehicle pulls up. He then glances at the newly-arrived sedan and quickly runs back around the truck and retrieves the gas can.
The Auburn Police Department is asking that if anyone has any information about the thefts or the identity of the person in the photographs or the video to call the department at (530) 823-4234.