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Police probe Charlotte jet fuel theft; 1 charged

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are still investigating what was planned for the 275 gallons of jet fuel they found Tuesday in a storage facility near Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

A man who worked for a company at the airport has been charged with stealing the fuel.

A police report says Mickell Frazier, 30, of Charlotte, was arrested by police at a storage facility on Wilkinson Boulevard, next to CMPD’s West Service Center. Officers at the West Center say they spotted a truck with airport logos at the facility and went to check on it.

Inside a locker, police say, they found several containers of the jet fuel. Frazier, who worked as a quality control technician at Wilson Air Center near the airport, was arrested and charged with larceny by employee.

Police said Thursday they are still not sure what was planned for the fuel, but they say there have been recent thefts of jet fuel -- which is a form of kerosene -- elsewhere in the country by people who planned to sell the material for use in diesel motor vehicles.

Jet fuel can be used in some diesel cars and trucks, although it is lacking the lubricant added by fuel producers to limit engine wear.

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