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Weld Sheriff’s Office seeking information about suspects trespassing on dairy farms

Posted on 09/25/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help identifying at least three people suspected of trespassing on two dairy farms with the intention of stealing gasoline.

The first incident occurred about 2:45 a.m. last Tuesday, Sept. 15 when a white GMC pickup with a welder in the bed and a maroon Toyota 4Runner entered a dairy farm near Weld County Road 55 and Colo. 392 south of Galeton.

Security camera footage acquired from the farm owner shows the GMC, driven by an unknown man, pull up to the fuel tanks and then slowly drive out of frame. The maroon 4Runner, driven by an unknown woman, pulls in next and stops. A Latino man steps out of the front passenger seat.

The man, dressed in a white tank top and dark blue jeans, tries to remove the nozzles, which were locked. He returns to the passenger seat and the vehicles leave the area when the farm’s night manager drives up to see what’s happening. The vehicles flee the area, driving south on Weld 55 and then west on Colo. 392.

No fuel was stolen. The vehicle’s license plates weren’t visible on the security video footage.

Two days later, on Thursday Sept. 17, the owner of another dairy farm in the 5800 block of 49th Street in unincorporated Weld County just north of Greeley called to report two men driving a maroon Toyota 4Runner had stolen approximately $20 in gas from her fuel pumps. The men drove off when they were confronted by employees. The second owner also had security camera footage of the incident, but again the plate number wasn’t visible.

Anyone with information about the suspects, the vehicles or these two incidents is asked to call Sgt. Pete Jones at (970) 400-2860.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.