Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating the theft of approximately 70,000L of diesel from the Oil4Wales fuel depot in Nantycaws, Carmarthenshire.

The diesel theft took place on February 17, and the force is appealing for information and for anyone with dashcam footage from the area, as well as the layby on the eastbound carriageway of the A48 following the filling station, between 10.30p.m that night and 12.10a.m on Saturday (February 18).

In a Facebook post, the force said it is also looking for information or dashcam footage in the area around the depot between 11.30p.m on February 14, and 12.30a.m the following morning.

Rural thefts

In other rural crime news, North Wales Police have arrested three people in connection with a spate of burglaries in rural communities in Gwynedd.

Thefts of high-value agricultural machinery and quad bikes occurred in the rural areas of Tywyn, Dolgellau and Bala in November last year, the force said.

Following an investigation by North Wales Police’s serious organised crime unit and rural crime team, a number of warrants were executed alongside Dyfed-Powys Police and West Mercia Police.

And, in more recent rural crime, four properties in the Shropshire and west Midlands areas were targeted yesterday (Wednesday, February 22), where a number of suspected stolen items were seized.

All three people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and are being held in Llay custody where they will be questioned by police.

Detective Inspector Richard Sidney said the collaborative work between the forces shows how police are “working together to disrupt rural crime”.

“Farms are not just businesses; they are family homes and agricultural theft has a huge financial impact on those who rely on machinery for their livelihood.

“It also causes significant harm to our rural communities and as a result, we are committed to pursuing those who commit these crimes, wherever they may come from.”