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Fuel thieves cause thousands in damages to truck

Posted: March 14, 2013 - 9:50pm  |  Updated: March 15, 2013 - 12:14am

Vandal(s) tried to siphon fuel from the gas tank of a pickup truck, but also disconnected the fuel line and ended up causing approximately $8,800 in damage, police say.

Juneau Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Burke said the owner of the white 2009 Ford F-350 reported the vandalism to police on Tuesday after getting his vehicle evaluated at an auto repair shop.

The 61-year-old man reported that other issues arose as a result of the disconnected fuel line, which is a rubber hose or tube that transfers fuel to the engine.

Burke said in a phone interview that if debris, water or another substance entered the fuel line, it could have potentially damaged the engine, which could be worth that amount in damages.

Burke said he did not know where the incident took place, but that the case is still under investigation. It was unknown if the suspect(s) were successful in siphoning the fuel.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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