Diesel thief caught in the act by deputies
by Wes Mayer
A man was arrested for theft Tuesday after he was caught stealing diesel from a north Coweta industrial fuel station, authorities said.
Around 9 p.m., Coweta County Sheriff’s Office investigators Jon McIntyre and Kyle Vaughn observed two trucks, a gray and a blue Ford F-350, drive up to Cintas Document Management’s fuel station on Coweta Industrial Parkway, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Investigators McIntyre and Vaughn, who led the investigation, were monitoring the area due to two prior incidents where fuel was stolen from the Cintas pumps, Yarbrough said.
When the investigators observed the drivers of the trucks were attempting to steal gas from the pumps, they made a move to arrest them, Yarbrough said.
Both drivers fled, and because the investigators were in one vehicle, only one, Westley Bernard Norman Jr., 35, was caught. According to Yarbrough, Norman’s truck was rigged with pumps and hoses to fill up a tank with 300 gallons of stolen fuel. Investigators charged Norman with one count of theft by taking, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.
Investigators were able to use surveillance images to identify the vehicles used in the fuel thefts, Yarbrough said, and they are currently working with other counties’ agencies who had similar thefts to put a positive identity on the second suspect.