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Fuel theft spills 200 gallons of diesel into Bear Creek

Lakewood Police were investigating the spill just east of Bear Creek Lake Park.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — About 200 gallons of diesel spilled into Bear Creek on Monday from hole drilled into fuel tank of a semi truck, according to police.

The Lakewood Police Department (LPD) got a call about 6:42 a.m. of a fuel spill near the intersection of West Dartmouth Place and West Dartmouth Avenue. That's between South Kipling Parkway and Bear Creek Lake Park.

A hole was drilled into the fuel tank of a semi parking in the area in an apparent fuel theft, police said. 

It was believed that about 200 gallons of diesel had spilled from the semi and into drainage areas that lead into Bear Creek. There was no suspect information, LPD said.

The city said cleanup efforts ended around 3 p.m. on Monday, with minimal impacts to the waterway. 

Lakewood staff and West Metro Fire Rescue placed absorbant booms across the creek at Wadsworth Boulevard to absorb as much fuel as possible. Boons were also placed in drainage that leads to the creek from the spill area. The boons will be replaced periodically in the following days, the city said.

Parks staff continue to monitor the creek and as of Tuesday, only a minimal sheen was observed in slow-moving sections of the stream. 

"While any risk is considered low, signs have been posted to alert park visitors to stay out of the water and keep pets away until further notice," the city said. "Visit Lakewood.org/BearCreekGreenbelt for updates." 

Anyone with information on the incident can call dispatch at 303-480-7300 and reference LPD case LK22-021086.

Credit: Lakewood Police Department
Credit: Lakewood Police Department

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