LINDEN – Early this morning, Linden police officers arrested a 40-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., man who is accused of stealing diesel fuel out of tractor trucks parked at an East Linden Avenue commercial site.
Police arrested Vakhtang Diakonidze, who was allegedly in the process of siphoning fuel at BBS Transportation Co. According to a statement by police, the suspect told officers that he was sorry and that he would put the gas back in the truck.
Police found approximately two dozen five-gallon plastic containers full of gasoline in the trunk of his 2000 Mercury Marquis.
Diakonidze was charged with theft and causing or risking widespread injury or damage. He was being held on $27,500 bail pending transfer to the Union County Jail with a court date.
The Linden Fire Department and Union County Hazmat Team were notified and responded to the scene for containment and clean up of the fuel.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Diakonidze is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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