A truck driver from Kensoha, Wisconsin has been charged with felony theft after allegedly stealing more than $36,000 worth of diesel fuel from a Lake Genova fuel distributor where he worked as a delivery driver responsible for delivering fuel to area diesel stations.
Frank Perrone, 37, has been charged with felony theft due to the alleged theft of approximately 14,775 gallons of diesel fuel over a period of three months, first reported by the Kenosha News.
According to the report, a criminal complaint issued Thursday by the Walworth County District Attorney lists photos, videos, gps tracking and in-cab audio of Perrone reselling the diesel fuel to other drivers beginning in September, 2019 through December of the same year. The distributor’s owner became suspicious after noticing Perrone was coming into work on his days off and some of his load tickets came up missing, which list delivery details, and then began investigating his employee.
The owner followed Perrone utilizing GPS technology and satellite images to track Perrone’s movements. One image showed “a long line of trucks” who were being fueled by Perrone. In-cab audio also captured Perrone setting up the meets and arranging payments for the stolen fuel.
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The distributor filed a complaint on January 7th, 2020 to Lake Geneva police and Perrone was arrested. Perrone has previous convictions for Receiving Stolen Property in 2004, First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety in 2005 and Burglary of a business or dwelling in 2009. If convicted of these new charges, Perrone could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. He is expected to return to court Feb. 21 for a preliminary hearing on the theft charge.