Juneau police see increased fuel thefts

Juneau police are warning residents about an increase of fuel thefts this summer, and the incidents are averaging about three thefts a day.

Sgt. Paul Hatch said the value of items taken in June and July was nearly $90,000. Police have recovered about $20,000 of that.

Police say people are siphoning fuel from vehicles, taking fuel cans from boats parked near the Douglas Highway and stealing heating oil.

Last month, police had 94 reports of fuel thefts, 105 reports in July and 83 in June.

Police encourage residents to put their names and phone numbers on things like fuel cans and boat motors.

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