AUDIO: Suspect Identified in First Fuel Vandalism Case

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Sep 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - It's been a little over a month since destructive chemicals turned up inside a pair of First Fuel Banks' diesel storage tanks, ruining nearly a quarter of a million in fuel.

Now, after a lengthy investigation, president and owner Jim Feneis tells KNSI, they're closer to knowing who is responsible.

"The investigators, both on the police front, and private investigation front, do believe that they have a suspect." Feneis tells KNSI. "Now, we're praying this person can be brought to justice."

Feneis says he was informed of the development several weeks ago, but as of right now, he's not aware of the suspect's name, motive, or if other people could be connected.

The chemical, determined to be a type of liquid fertilizer, was discovered in the tanks at First Fuel's Lincoln Avenue and Waite Park locations on August 20.

Feneis tells KNSI News when the first customer report of engine trouble was reported on the morning of August 20th, they knew "they had a serious problem on their hands," andspent the rest of the day vacuuming out the contaminated fuel.

All told, the fertilizer destroyed about $200,000 worth of fuel, and delivered tens of thousands of dollars in damages to private and city vehicles. 

Feneis says the name of the suspect hasn't been released to him. He adds, there is still a reward out for any more information in the case.

"There is still an active $6,000 reward out there for the arrest and proper conviction of the perpetrator," he says. "We're hoping that, once somebody's guard is down, they'll say something in a public place that someone could overhear."

Feneis says he's grateful for customers' support and well-wishes throughout the last month.

First Fuel Banks' parent company, East Side Oil, is celebrating 50 years of local business this year.

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