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Two men jailed for thefts of equipment from multiple oil and gas sites

An oil field water supply company employee and another man are facing charges of theft of roughly $20,000 in oil field batteries and solar panels earlier this month from various oil and gas sites around the oil fields of Weld County.

According to a news release, the Weld County Sheriff's Office Strike Team has been investigating multiple cases involving stolen equipment from oil and gas sites in unincorporated Weld, Mead and New Raymer. Investigators learned that suspects made off with batteries, solar panels and controllers in the last few weeks from Crestone Energy, Noble Energy Anadarko Petroleum and Whiting Oil & And Gas Corp.

They arrested William Patrick Scott, 38, of Keenesburg and Corey Burnsed, 31, of Brighton on Tuesday.

Investigators were alerted to the thefts from oil field company representatives, who had learned equipment was being sold on the internet that looked much like that stolen from their production sites, according to an arrest affidavit. Detectives set up a buy of some batteries that were listed for sale. A detective agreed to buy 12 batteries for $360, according to the arrest affidavit. They agreed to meet at a convenience store in Keenesburg. Scott showed with only one battery, and said the buyer would have to come back the next day. Meanwhile, a GPS tracker had been put on his vehicle. A representative from an oil and gas company identified the battery by brand and capacity as that which his company used.

The detective was set to buy the additional 11 batteries the next day, allowing Scott time to get the batteries from storage. Scott, at the time, said he had gotten the batteries at auction. The next day, Scott didn't show, but deputies tracked his vehicle's movements through the GPS tracker, the affidavit stated. Scott sent a man he identified as his brother, Corey Burnsed, to bring the batteries to the buyer, and he sold them for the $360.

Deputies connected Scott's vehicle to a host of theft locations, and they issued search warrants of Scott's and Burnsed's properties. At Scott's they recovered 63 batteries, and some black tar heroin.

At Burnsed's home, deputies found numerous batteries. The affidavit states, he admitted to deputies that he was addicted to methamphetamines and was helping Scott sell the batteries to feed his habit.

Deputies stated that in all, the batteries, solar panels and loss of production at the sites amounted to $22,154.

"Corey stated he targeted oil sites due to the amount of money they have and didn't consider them a victim," the affidavit stated.

Scott was arrested on suspicion of theft and tampering with oil and gas equipment, as well as possession of a schedule II substance. Scott also faces petty offense charges for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia from a case earlier this year.

Burnsed, who got out of jail on personal recognizance bond on Wednesday, faces charges of theft and tampering with oil and gas equipment. Neither has a criminal history in Weld County.

What’s next

William Scott and Corey Burnsed are accused of stealing the following from oil field sites in unincorporated Weld, Mead and New Raymer: 57 Crestone Energy batteries, 18 Noble Energy batteries, nine Anadarko Petroleum batteries, three Whiting Oil & Gas Corp. batteries, three Crestone Energy solar panels, two Anadarko solar panels, six Crestone Energy controllers, and three Noble controllers.

Scott remains in Weld County Jail in lieu of posting a $15,000 bond. Formal charges are due today. Formal charges against Burnsed are due July 7.