On Monday August 15th 2022, at 4:25 pm deputies responded to a report of diesel fuel being stolen from the Mecca Travel Center on 66th Avenue just east of the 86 Expressway.
When deputies arrived they found 2 men pumping diesel fuel into a large fuel storage tank on the bed of a truck.
The suspects had manipulated the fuel pump mechanism which allowed them to pump fuel without paying for it.
The tank on their truck was half full, holding about 470 gallons of fuel, worth more than 27-hundred dollars.
35 year old Pablo Jose Huertas Ochaeta of Los Angeles (left) and 21 year old Eliseo Laglera of Huntington Park (right) were arrested.
They were booked into the John Benoit Detention Center for grand theft and conspiracy. A bail enhancement was requested and approved for $250,000.
Suspects caught stealing diesel fuel from a gas station in Mecca Ca Aug 15th 2022.
Photo from Riverside County Sheriffs Dept.