Baltimore County police arrest three after theft of more than 3,000 gallons of fuel from Catonsville business

Baltimore County Police say they are still investigating an incident in January in which thousands of gallons of fuel were stolen from a Catonsville charter bus company

Police said three men were arrested for stealing diesel fuel from Woodlawn Motor Coach in the 6500 block of Baltimore National Pike but were later released on bail.

The fuel was stolen from the company on two separate occasions between Jan. 17 and Jan. 20, police reports said.

The men were arrested on Jan. 21 at 12:35 a.m. and charged with burglary, theft and unlawful removal of property, according to police.

The three were released later on Jan 21, according to Maryland court records.

Between the two incidents, the company lost about $11,000 in fuel which it was unable to recover, according to Kevin Bayer, 55, who co-owns the family business with his father, Hohman Bayer, 76.

The first theft occurred sometime between Friday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 20. In that incident, 3,100 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen from the business, a police report said.

The thieves gained entry to the fenced parking lot of Woodlawn Motor Coach through an unlocked gate, according to a police report.

Between 11:45 and 11:50 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, a worker at Woodlawn Motor Coach saw someone putting fuel in a truck and called police, Kevin Bayer said.

When police arrived, they saw a large box truck being used to hold between 50 and 60 gallons of diesel fuel siphoned from an underground tank, police said.

According to police, two men in a white box truck filled containers with the stolen fuel while a third man in a gray Chevy Silverado acted as a lookout.

The men fled when they were spotted, police said.

One was found nearby, while the other two were found later in a gray Chevy Silverado, police said.

All three were taken into custody, police said.

Records indicated the white truck was stolen from the White Marsh area, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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