Suspected school fuel thief arrested in Selby.
The man is accused of siphoning fuel from Whitley and Eggborough Primary School's heating fuel tanks.
He has been released on conditional bail as enquiries continue.
North Yorkshire Police Statement:
A suspected fuel thief who was targeting a local school has been arrested in Selby District.
At around 8.50pm on Tuesday 4 September 2012, PC Tony Morton was out and about on mobile patrol. As he approached Whitley and Eggborough Primary School he could smell fuel in the air and went to investigate.
As he got closer, he saw a van parked up against the three fuel tanks which provide heating to the school and it appeared that fuel was being siphoned from one of the 1000 litre tanks.
PC Morton blocked the vehicle in with his van and called for back up as the suspect ran off into open fields behind the school.
As support arrived and officers conducted an area search for the suspect, with assistance from West Yorkshire Police’s Air Support Unit, PC Morton discovered that the van was stolen after checking the tax disc.
Around one hour later officers stopped a 23-year-old man from Doncaster in the nearby village of Criddling Stubbs.
He was arrested on suspicion of theft of fuel and theft of a motor vehicle. He has been released on conditional bail as enquiries continue.
Selby Safer Neighbourhood Commander Chief Inspector Mark Iveson said:
“This was a fine piece of police work from all involved.
“I hope the determination that our officers showed to apprehend the suspect showed that anyone thinking of coming to Selby District to commit crime will not get any easy ride.”
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact Selby CID on 101.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference number 12120147952 when passing information about this incident.