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A9 fuel thieves get prison sentence

France 3/Scoop, May 8

The Béziers Criminal Court has sentenced four diesel thieves, arrested on 1 March, to prison terms ranging from two to four years, with continued detention. All resided in Spain in Lloret-del-Mar. Their two trucks were seized.

The four crooks between the ages of 23 and 36 years old had been working since 2015, at night, on the A9 motorway junction between Aude and Hérault. They were arrested on March 1, mid-theft, by 30 police at Boulou toll in the Pyrenees-Orientales.

They took advantage of truck drivers sleeping, to empty their fuel tanks. They stored the diesel in tanks transported in a van and then sold it in Spain.

The investigation was first opened in September 2016 by the Hérault police.

With close collaboration with the Spanish police, they managed to track the thieves down after 17 months.

Over 130,000 litres of fuel were stolen over this period.

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