Fuel thief puts diesel in car


WARSAW — His first mistake was being seen.

His second? He put stolen diesel fuel in a car that runs on gas.

Wyoming County sheriff’s investigators were called to a farm on Sayre Road Friday for a report that someone had stolen fuel from the farm.

Somebody on the farm saw the man stealing the fuel and followed him to Wyoming Street in the village, where the suspect’s car, a Hyundai sedan, broke down.

The suspect offered to pay for the gas and gave the farmer $50, which was later determined to be counterfeit.

The suspect left on foot before police could arrive.

Investigators were able to find out that the car, which was damaged by the diesel fuel, belonged to a Lackawanna resident, who told them that the car was taken a day earlier by a relative, without permission.

On Saturday, deputies arrested Stevie C. Williams, 42, of Buffalo.

Williams had two active warrants for his arrest and 15 active suspensions on his driver’s license.

He was charged with first-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, petit larceny, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation.

Williams, a three-time convicted felon, was arraigned in Town Court and committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail. He is to return to court April 13.

The investigation was done by Deputy Austin Harding and Sgt. Colin Reagan.

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