From Midland Reporter-Telegram staff reports
A federal grand jury in Midland on Wednesday indicted a Monahans man in connection with a scheme to steal oil with an estimated value of $58,000, according to a press release from Robert Pitman, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas.
The indictment charges David Wayne Schroeder, 33, with three counts of theft from an interstate shipment. The indictment alleges that on three separate occasions in November and December 2013, Schroeder stole oil from different Permian Basin companies. The final incident allegedly occurred during the evening hours of Nov. 30, 2013, and into the early morning hours of Dec. 1 when Schroeder used a stolen vacuum truck and trailer to steal five tankerloads — about 520 barrels — of oil from a Whiting Petroleum lease in Ward County, according to court records.
A Ward County Sheriff’s deputy dispatched to investigate a possible theft of a vacuum truck on Itero Energy’s site witnessed a man, identified as Schroeder, off-loading oil and attempted to question him. After a brief altercation with the deputy, Schroeder fled the scene in a stolen vehicle but was apprehended later that morning in Monahans, according to court records.
Investigators discovered Schroeder had left four tickets; each documented a separate tanker load delivered to Itero Energy’s site. In the normal course of business, the tickets would have justified and likely led to Itero Energy’s payment for the oil deliveries, according to the press release.
If convicted of the three charges, Schroeder faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He remains in federal custody pending trial.