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Deputies: Husband and wife steal diesel tanker from National Guard Armory

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A Colleton county couple has been arrested for stealing thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.

Deputies in Colleton County say between April 26th and April 29th its alleged husband and wife Clarence Risher and Melinda Risher took the tanker truck filled with 3,600 gallons of diesel fuel from the National Guard Armory in Walterboro, SC.

Investigators say they put what fuel they could into large plastic containers and then returned the truck and empty tanker to the armory.

But because of the size of the truck and the tire tracks it left, Lt. Steve Bazzle, from the Colleton County Sheriff's Office says they tracked down where the truck was taken and emptied which was also the Risher home.

"We went to the residence of Clarence Edward Risher and his wife Melinda at 1152 Risher Mountain Road in Walterboro. We recovered several containers with about two-hundred and seventy-five gallons of diesel fuel in each one of them. We contacted the National Guard and they sent some people out to help us in the recovery."

42-year old Melinda Risher and 41-year old Clarence Risher are charged with Grand Larceny over $10-thousand as well as breaking and entering. Meantime more arrests could be on the way and even though the theft was from federal property no federal charges are pending at this time.

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