Diesel fuel theft alleged

JERSEY SHORE – An Ohio man is facing theft charges after filling up his personal vehicle and several other containers with $1,600 worth of diesel fuel at a Jersey Shore fueling station of the drilling company he was working for.

According to an affadavit, Tyler Steven Miller, 26, of Dover, Ohio, was employed by Helmerich and Payne Inc. when he allegedly filled up his 2004 Dodge Ram truck, two 55-gallon barrels and a large liquid tote with diesel fuel on Jan. 15.

The fueling station is to be used for official work vehicles only, according to the affadavit.

Miller, who was heading back to Ohio on a rotating two-week break, was traveling west on Interstate 80 when he was stopped by a state police officer in Jefferson County, who questioned Miller about the contents of the barrels and tote.

Miller admitted that the fuel was taken from the work site and that he was taking it back to Ohio to heat his home.

Miller has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Jerry C. Lepley for a preliminary hearing on charges of theft by unlawful taking.