Caldwell Airport business owner: "They stole over $2K worth of fuel"

The owner believes it had to have been an inside job (Abigail Taylor, KBOI)

Police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of fuel from a business at the Caldwell Airport.

The theft is believed to have happened at Silverhawk Aviation Academy between Christmas Eve and December 27th.

The owner said about 500 gallons of aviation fuel was siphoned from two of the business' fuel trucks.

"It's $4.68 cents a gallon," said Catherine Weber, Owner and Operator of Silverhawk Aviation Academy. "So, they stole over 2,000 dollar's worth of fuel."

That's a big hit to a small business, but Catherine says that's not the worst part.

She thinks it was an inside job.

"It's not just the cost. We are a community out here. That's the hard thing. We feel this was someone on the field because they would have had to come through the security gates to take the fuel. So, that is the part that bothers me the most," said Catherine.

She said that in order for the thief or thieves to get away with that much fuel, they would have had to have had their own 500 gallon truck or nearly a dozen 55 gallon drums.

"That's what makes me think it was a specialized aviation truck that was set up for this," said Catherine.

Caldwell Police say they found no sign of forced entry. They are still investigating.

Meanwhile, Silverhawk Aviation Academy is making sure something like this doesn't happen again. Catherine says they're beefing up security and are now storing their fuel trucks inside.

Catherine said in her 18 years as owner, nothing like this has ever happened. Oddly enough, on Thanksgiving, a Cafe at the Caldwell Airport was also burglarized.

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