Fuel thieves hit cellphone tower on Indianapolis' south side

Loss pegged at $550 of diesel fuel from generator

INDIANAPOLIS - With diesel fuel prices topping $3.75 in some spots, bandits have set their sights on a cellphone tower on the south side of Indianapolis.

A contractor who maintains the cellular phone transmission tower for AT&T in the 8600 block of Madison Avenue reported to police Monday that the diesel tank on a backup generator was drained by thieves.

Police reported that the locks on a gate were still in place, but the thieves were able to pry open a fence. They removed a cap on the backup power generator and siphoned out approximately 150 gallons of diesel, police said.

Officers have photographed tracks in the snow, which indicated that a dual-wheel truck had backed into the gated site to load up the stolen fuel.

The contractor told police he discovered the rip-off because a low-fuel alarm was sounding, even though the generator had not been used recently.

The stolen diesel was valued at $550.

Police reported they have no suspects.

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