Thieves in Mexico Build Tunnel, Steal Fuel

As reported by The Associated Press, authorities in central Mexico discovered thieves constructed a tunnel and camouflaged trucks aiming to steal and transport fuel from government pipelines. Police found the tunnel in the state of Guanajuato, earlier this month. This is not a new problem; thousands of times each year, thieves drill taps into state-owned pipelines to unlawfully take gasoline and diesel fuel. The Guanajuato state government uncovered a gravel truck in which a large fuel tank had been welded into the bed, covered by a hatch and a layer of gravel to avoid detection. In early April, authorities found a 45-foot long tunnel built under fuel pipelines; it allowed thieves to drill taps undetected and transport fuel by hoses to a lot where the camouflaged trucks then collected the stolen gasoline.

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