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Pair arrested for unauthorized gas card usage

The best things in life are free, but a couple of Minden men lost their freedom when they suffered a $14,000 gas attack recently.

Colton J. Herren, 20, of the 1700 block of Dorcheat Road, has been arrested on two counts of unauthorized use of an access card, while William K. Wallace, 17, of the 200 block of Wallace Lane, was arrested on one count of the same charge.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said detectives Chris Cheatham and Heath Balkom opened an investigation when a Friarson-based energy service company complained that an employee was using a gas card for unauthorized purchases.

"The detectives obtained several videos of Herren using the gas card and filling up personal vehicles," Cropper said. "Over a two-month period, we were able to track that he spent around $14,000 purchasing gas for himself, his family and all his friends."

Cropper said the unauthorized charges go back as far as March; however, without more video, detectives were unable to verify all of them.

"There were about 97 different charges that were not on video," Cropper said. "I don't think that $14,000 even begins to cover it."

Feeling generous, Herren reportedly shared the card and pin number with Wallace, who was also caught on tape using it.

"In fact, more than 100 people used the card," Cropper said. "But it's almost impossible to track them all down."

 

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