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Grainger County man charged in elaborate fuel thefts

9:32 AM, Apr 6, 2013   |    comments
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A Grainger county man is facing theft charges after he was arrested in connection to an elaborate gas-stealing scheme.

Detectives say Steve Poore, 22, of Harrogate devised the scheme by stealing an enclosed trailer and converting it into a pumping system to steal the fuel.

Officials say Poore stole more than 1,500 gallons of fuel from the Parkway Market in Thorn Hill, and the Volunteer Market in New Tazewell. The fuel was pulled from large commercial tanks underground.

Investigators say the elaborate trailer included two 150 gallon tanks, a ventilation system, and a trap door in the trailer, so that from the outside it appeared that a truck and trailer were parked above the tanks.

Detectives are now asking any other stations that have unexplained fuel thefts to contact them.

Poore is charged with theft over 1,000 dollars, theft over 500 dollars, and violation of probation. He is being held in the Claiborne County jail without bond.

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