2 Oil Field TheftODESSA, Texas (AP) – Ten people have been arrested in the theft of about $2 million worth of oil and gas condensate from oil companies and producers in three West Texas counties.The arrests yesterday came following a seven-month investigation by the Permian Basin Oilfield Theft Task Force of an oilfield theft ring operating in Midland, Ector and Andrews counties.Six of the suspects were charged with federal wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy charges and four were arrested on state money laundering charges.Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said the suspects stole, in one month, about 8,000 barrels of oil from their companies, the Odessa American reported.Officials said the operation was a partnership between a group of men who sold the stolen oil and gas to buyers who didn’t know of the theft.
3 Oil Field TheftTaft, Calif. - A Taft woman is facing grand theft and embezzlement charges for the alleged theft of pumping units from Aera Energy LLC.Investigators from the Kern County Sheriff’s Rural Crimes Investigations Unit arrested Susan Marie Rubadeau on Oct. 8.According to a news release, Rubadeau, a manger for SME Corporation, arranged for the pumping units to be removed from Aera property in the area and sold to a third party.Investigators said the scheme was discovered when the pumping units were eventually sold back to Aera. Rubadeau has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is due back in court on Dec. 14 for a readiness hearing. She is currently free on $20,000 bail.
4 Oil Field Theft Class A Misdemeanor State Jail Felony $500 or more but less than $1,500State Jail Felony$1,500 or more but less than $20,000Felony of the Third Degree$20,000 or more but less than $100,000Felony of the Second Degree$100,000 or more but less than $200,000Felony of the First Degree$200,000 or more.
5 Oil Field TheftLet's also assume that you are operating on a 5% profit margin, after taxes.If one piece of equipment is stolen and that piece of equipment cost $50,000.00, it will take $1,000, in gross sales to make up the $50, loss.
6 Oil Field Theft Tip of the iceberg Criminals will steal whatever they can get their hands on - and they can get their hands on a lot of expensive equipment in the oilfield. From $100 tools to $10,000 tongs, it all adds up to a big problem for energy sector organizations.Tip of the icebergsome is not reportedMore at stake than just moneybonuses, benefits, cutbacksHas to be something they can fence or sell outrightAccomplished could spread through an entire network
7 Consider investing in GPS sensors for your most valuable equipment. Oil Field TheftPrevent theftUpdate your security systems to deny entry to unauthorized personnel. Add surveillance cameras and remote monitoring to leverage the effectiveness of your security team. Educate the crew about the scope of the problem and how important simple things like locking a doghouse are.DeterrencePost signs alerting potential criminals that all equipment is marked and traceable. Even if surveillance cameras didn’t prevent a crime, they can provide footage of the crime that helps law enforcement. Place a sticker on all your equipment to let thieves know they’ll have a hard time fencing their ill-gotten goods.GPSConsider investing in GPS sensors for your most valuable equipment.
8 Oil Field TheftInventory control Make sure you can quickly identify when equipment is stolen and alert law enforcement in a timely mannerRecord Serial Numbers Ensure that you have the information you need to help catch the criminals.Report Stolen Items Yesterday Always report stolen items as quickly as possible after the occurrence. Confirm serial numbers before buying equipment. By preventing the sale of stolen equipment you hinder the ability of thieves to profit, and thus reduce the desirability of oilfield equipment.