Editor's note: This article has been updated with a comment from Ruiz Foods.
Ruiz Foods is facing a hefty clean up bill after someone illegally siphoned and spilled diesel fuel from one of the manufacturer’s tanks on Tuesday night.
The Denison Police Department reported the incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. at the Mexican food manufacturer’s facility at 2410 Texoma Drive. Lt. Mike Eppler storage tank stationed at the rear of the complex was targeted in the theft. Eppler said he did not how how much fuel was removed from the tank or how the fuel was transported from the scene
“They left the hose they were using to siphon to fuel in (the tank) and it kept siphoning after the suspects left,” Eppler said.
Ruiz Foods spokesperson Pat Summers said the fuel tank belonged to a contractor and that the spill did not affect the company’s food products. Summers said environmental crews were called out Wednesday morning and began the process of removing dirt where the spill occurred. She added that the clean up was expected to be completed by Thursday.
Denison Police estimated the clean up will cost $40,000 to $50,000 and said they had not yet identified any suspects in the theft as of Wednesday morning.