Two men have been charged for allegedly stealing 340 litres of fuel from Iluka Resources’ Murray Basin mine.
The men were working as subcontractors at the mine site before their arrest on Tuesday when police intercepted four vehicles carrying the fuel, valued at around $1000.
Ouyen police Sergeant Tony Keely told Sunraysia Daily police will allege the men were stealing oil, fuel drums and rolls of soaker foam from the mine site for a period of time.
Police were tipped off by a local farmer who noticed fuel drums were being left on his property.
Two Bendigo men were charged with theft of property and possessing proceeds of crime.
They will appear at Ouyen Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Investigations are ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Iluka is a major global mineral sands resource company and the Murray Basin is Iluka’s principal source of rutile production, and contributes a major part of the company’s zircon production stream.
Australian Mining has approached Iluka for comment.