A WOULD-BE thief was nicked by police last night after reports of alleged fuel siphoning from a lorry in Springside

Cops confirmed that a 33-year-old had been arrested after being caught near the lorry by officers from Irvine and was due to appear at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court today. 

PC Johnson, Crime Prevention Officer for North Ayrshire, said: “We would ask that owners of vehicles – particularly HGVs, buses, plant and agricultural machinery – are mindful of this crime and do everything possible to mitigate against criminals targeting fuel as a commodity that can be sold on.”

Police Scotland recommend that:

• Vehicles are parked in well-lit areas, and if you own such vehicles as part of your business CCTV should also be considered.

• Ideally, owners should avoid parking their vehicles in exposed locations (fields etc.) with full tanks of fuel, and avoid filling the tank prior to parking the vehicle for a period of time.

• It is also important to make sure the vehicles are fitted with locking fuel caps, these can be alarmed if appropriate.

• If possible restrict access to where the vehicles are parked, fuel can weigh a substantial amount and thieves will not be able to carry stolen fuel over long distance to their own vehicles.

If you see anything suspicious, or are offered cheap fuel, please contact police on 101 (in an emergency always use 999), or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where anonymity can be maintained.