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Police believe high gas prices have sparked a string of fuel larcenies from tractor-trailers in Conover and Claremont.
The two cities have been host to about five incidents of fuel larceny in the past three weeks, with the most recent theft being discovered in Conover on Monday morning.
Losing hundreds of gallons of fuel at $4 a gallon, police say the thefts are costly.
“You’re talking 100-plus gallons of diesel fuel that costs about $4.20 a gallon,” said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer. “That’s a lot of money.”
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.