By: Sarah Snyder
It's a constant struggle. Thieves are hitting Permian Basin oil fields every day and local law enforcement is working to find new ways to crack down. NewsWest 9 spoke with Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter and he says oil field theft is a daily battle for deputies.
Since the prices shot up several months ago, a huge surge of theft cases have continuously poured into their office. Now, deputies are finding higher amounts of stolen oil equipment being sold everywhere from pawn shops to parking lots. For local oil and gas companies, it may take quite a while before they even realize they've been hit.
"Every day," Midland County Sheriff, Gary Painter, said. "We get calls on stolen equipment every day. It doesn't stop. It may run for awhile, but it may take awhile before they catch on that stuff is missing and then you've got a large problem. A large report of stolen equipment."