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Stolen C.N. Brown oil truck found in Exeter

Alex Barber | BDN
Alex Barber | BDN
The C.N. Brown oil truck that was stolen from a fueling station in Dexter on Thursday is towed to a secure facility in Dexter by T and W Garage of Newport on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. The truck was stolen on Thursday morning and was recovered by Dexter police on Friday.
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — The 2,800-gallon home heating oil truck stolen from a C.N. Brown fueling station was recovered Friday.

Dexter Police Chief Jim Emerson said the truck was found in a field off Valley Road in Exeter.

“Somebody saw it yesterday but didn’t hear about it being stolen until today,” Emerson said Friday. “They called to report it. An officer went down with a couple of other guys to get it.”

The truck wouldn’t start, he said. T&W Garage of Newport towed the truck back to a secure location in Dexter.

“We’ll process it when we get it back to town and look for any type of evidence,” said Emerson, adding that the fresh snow may make it difficult to find evidence around where the truck was found.

The Ford F800 truck was stolen from a C.N. Brown fueling station in Dexter between 2 and 7 a.m. on Thursday, said police.

Emerson said he didn’t know if there was still any fuel left in the truck. Dexter police said they probably would know more on Monday.

C.N. Brown General Manager Charles “Chick” Wilkins said Thursday that the truck had fuel in it when it was stolen, but he wouldn’t say how much.

He also said Thursday that both sets of keys for the truck were accounted for. Locks were cut on the gate at the fueling station.

Because police have yet to process the vehicle, they wouldn’t speculate on how it was driven off without the keys.

“We’re pleased to have it back,” Wilkins said Friday. “After the authorities have gone through it, we’ll look and see if we can identify who [stole it] and take the appropriate action.”

Wilkins said he also didn’t know if any fuel was still in the truck.

C.N. Brown is based in South Paris and serves Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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