Waterville police investigating missing plane fuel

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 08, 2011, at 10:49 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Waterville police are in the midst of an investigation of a possible theft of about 2,000 gallons of airplane fuel from city-owned Robert LaFleur Municipal Airport, police said Thursday.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey told the Bangor Daily News that airport manager Greg Brown reported to police that the fuel was missing from a tank at the airport in late June.

The subsequent investigation has led police to interview “about a dozen employees,” Massey said, while Brown also gave police sales receipts and other paperwork related to fuel sales during the time the fuel disappeared, between May 2010 and January 2011, the chief said.

“In all likelyhood, it’s a theft,” Massey said, but that can’t be determined until all parties are interviewed.

“We’ll dive back into all those sales receipts and go back over those and make sure we didn’t miss anything,” Massey said.

Massey said the airport is secured by a gate.

Two above-ground fuel tanks are located at the airport, one containing jet fuel and another containing high-octane gas used for aircraft, according to Massey. The 2,000 gallons are missing from the high-octane tank.

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