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Three heating oil thefts in 3 days in Livermore Falls

7:13 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In a three day span, there have been three heating oil thefts in Livermore Falls: two in homes, and one at a church.

Police say 5-10 gallons were stolen from the homes, and more than 100 gallons were stolen from the Moose Hill Freewill Baptist Church.

"It's a little hard to believe," said Pastor John Hall. "Most of the people here know most everybody else, and so you wonder, 'Who would come out and do this?'"

Police aren't convinced it's the same person or people behind all three thefts.

All three cases are still under investigation.

Pastor Hall said the church is now missing about a quarter of the heating oil it needs to get through the winter. He estimates it was worth $400 to $500.

He said since last week, the church has received some donations to help the 10-12 person congregation recover.

"We are blessed by the people in the community who have stepped up, been here for us, and made some donations to help cover our losses," said Hall.

As police investigate, they are asking people to lock outdoor heating tanks and watch for suspicious activity.

"People have to look out for each other a bit, too," said Livermore Falls Police Chief Ernest Steward.

"People just let us know when something suspicious is going on, and we'll check it out."

Anyone with information related to the three thefts is asked to call the Livermore Falls Police Department at 897-3424.

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