Sheriff’s office warns of fuel thiefs in Bridger Valley


EVANSTON — The Uinta County Sheriff’s Office is warning Bridger Valley residents and asking for help from the public as investigators look for suspects involved in several thefts in the area.

“During the past week, several pieces of large equipment in the Bridger Valley area had their fuel tanks accessed and a substantial amount of fuel removed,” a press release issued Wednesday states. “The suspect vehicle is thought to be an older model dually truck with bald (little tread) front tires. It is thought the suspect vehicle is utilizing some sort of portable tank or storage containers to store and remove the fuel from the theft location. There have been several similar recent reported thefts in the rural areas in and just outside of Uinta County, with fuel being taken from equipment.”

The press release also states that suspects are stealing large equipment batteries as well.

“The Uinta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone who has any sort of equipment, fuel tanks, property and/or vehicles that may be in an unsupervised or unsecured area to please immediately report any thefts or suspicious activity to law enforcement.    Please take measures to secure your equipment and property and utilize cameras if you have them available to you.”

If anyone has any information about these types of incidents, please contact the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 783-1000. A reward of up to $1,000 could be available through Crime Stoppers for those who provide information via the organization’s anonymous phone or text line. Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling (307) 789-CASH (2274) or by sending a text message to (307) 708-CASH (2274).

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