DEXTER, Maine — A thief or thieves cut locks off a gate at a CN Brown fueling station and made off with a home heating fuel truck during the early morning hours Thursday.
Dexter police are seeking the public’s help in finding the oil truck.
An older model Ford F800 fueling truck with “CN Brown” on the cab door and tank was stolen from the fueling station in Dexter between 2 and 7 a.m., said Dexter police. The 2,800-gallon tank was believed to be partially filled with home heating fuel.
CN Brown General Manager Charles “Chick” Wilkins said the company has both sets of keys for the truck and the facility was locked before the truck was stolen.
“The facility was secure. It has a gate around it with locks,” said Wilkins. “A couple of the locks were cut.”
Wilkins said the driver of the truck still has his set of keys and the other set is still in the office. He said he didn’t know how the truck was driven off without the keys. It’s company policy not to leave keys in a vehicle, he said.
“We’ll find it out somewhere, we’re hoping,” said Wilkins. “All the authorities in and around the area have been notified, as have the [refilling] terminals.”
Wilkins said the truck was not full of home heating fuel, but he declined to say how many gallons were in it.
Wilkins said the investigation is in the hands of police.
“We’ll prosecute whenever we find it — if we find who it was,” Wilkins said, adding that he hoped there will be an arrest.
In his time with CN Brown, Wilkins said he can’t remember an incident where a truck was stolen from the company.
“I’ve been here for 30-some-odd years and I’m thinking we did have one taken some time ago. I think it was a former employee who took it for a joyride [and not to steal fuel],” he said.
The commercial license plate number on the stolen truck is 623570, and the numbers B-93-5 are on the side of the truck.
Wilkins said CN Brown, based in South Paris, has “somewhere in the neighborhood of 100” fuel trucks covering Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Dexter police said they had no new information as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Dexter Police Department at 924-7622.