Men to serve prison time for stealing gas

HANCOCK COUNTY — Two Johnson County men accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of fuel from a local gas station will serve time in prison after admitting to the crime, prosecutors said.

Jaswinder Singh, 58, and Harpreet Sandhu, 53, both of Whiteland, emptied the underground fuel tanks at a Greenfield gas station, stiffing Pacific Pride Fuel Island, a commercial fueling station at 320 E. South St., about $6,500 worth of diesel fuel, according to court documents.

Each was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to a Level 5 felony count of corrupt business influence as part of an agreement with prosecutors, court records show.

Sandhu will serve two years in an Indiana Department of Correction facility followed by four years of probation, prosecutors said. Singh agreed to serve one year in prison followed by three years on probation, prosecutors said.

Police said they believe Singh and Sandhu visited the fueling station at least four times between December 2014 and May 2015 to steal fuel.

Surveillance video from the business shows a semitrailer driven by Sandhu pulling into the station in the middle of the night and parking directly over a manhole cover leading to the fuel tanks, court documents state. Singh was a passenger in the truck, court documents state.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or