Note: This story appears in the Tuesday, July 9 newspaper on Page A1.

A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous in connection with the vandalism of vehicle gas tanks in the city of Athens.

It’s listed as one of Crime Solvers’ July Crimes of the Month, along with the theft of a forklift.

Between May 18 and May 22, Athens police responded to three separate incidents involving a vehicle having a hole drilled into the fuel tank. The first two incidents occurred on West Union Street, near South Shafer Street. One of these incidents also resulted in a red Predator 3500 generator being stolen. The third incident involving fuel tank vandalism occurred on Dairy Lane.

Athens police received the call about the stolen forklift on June 11. Surveillance footage from June 8 at about 8 p.m. showed a white male driving the forklift off the Lowe’s property. It was left unattended at a business approximately a mile away.

A reward of up to $500 is being offered in connection with the forklift theft.

Cash rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible. If you have information on these crimes, you can call 740-594–3331. You need not give your name.

You may also visit the Crime Solvers website at or on Facebook.

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