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Arrest Made In Connection With Marion County Oil Field Thefts

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 25-year-old Centralia man has been arrested in connection with the theft of six motors from oil batteries in the southern part of Marion County.  

Jordan Laws of Cedar Creek Road was taken into custody for felony theft after he and another man were identified as suspects when two of the motors were brought to a salvage yard.  The investigation began on Saturday after Graham Oil Company had reported two motors stolen from an oil rig off the Myers Road in rural Walnut Hill.  The salvage yards were contacted by sheriff's deputies to see if any motors had been salvaged.  

The department was later notified by Kell East Incorporated Oil that one of their motors was taken from an oil field site off Oak Road in rural Kell.  One of the two motors brought to the salvage yard was identified as the one stolen from Kell East Oil.  

As other oil companies were contacted, it was learned three motors had been stolen from sites off Synder Road in rural Sandoval operated by Oelze Equipment of Centralia.  One of those was identified as the other motor taken to the salvage yard.  

Deputies when they questioned Laws he allegedly admitted his involvement.  He provided information that the other four motors were taken to a Mt. Vernon Salvage Yard.  The person reportedly with Laws is still being sought for questioning.  

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