Gas siphoned from government vehicles, Bibb deputies say

Deputies suspect gasoline was siphoned from four government vehicles Saturday after discovering a truck with fuel cans and plastic tubing near the state audits department located at 120 Northcrest Boulevard, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy patrolling Riverside Drive about 2:35 a.m. reported he slowed down to check in on Butler Lexus and noticed a blue Ford truck parked on the side of the road with its lights on, according to a sheriff's office report released Monday.

The deputy turned around to make contact with the truck driver, but the truck slowly drove to the intersection of Northcrest Boulevard and Riverside Drive, according to the report.

Minutes later, the truck turned north onto Riverside Drive, and the deputy turned on his blue lights and siren.

The truck didn't stop and instead drove to a nearby storage facility, where the shirtless driver ran away, leaving the truck behind with the vehicle still in gear, according to the report.

The deputy found gas containers and plastic tubing in the back of the truck, according to the report.

Deputies say the truck had not been reported stolen.

None of the vehicles at Butler Lexus showed signs of tampering, but gas was spilled on the ground beside four government-owned Ford Crown Victorias, according to the report.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at (478) 746-9441 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.