Josiah Tekere of Aerodrome location in Francistown was nabbed in the early morning hours of Tuesday driving a Corolla which was carrying 125 litres of diesel in five containers.
Tekere,29, was in the company of another suspect who bolted when they were intercepted by police officers.
The fuel belonged to CA Sales Company and it appeared the suspect was caught when he had already emptied a few other cars from around town.
Reliable sources in the police service have revealed that there were strong suspicions that the diesel was trafficked to neighbouring Zimbabwe where the market is good because of demand.
Kutlwano police station commander Motsholathebe Mothibi said the capture of Tekere is likely to shed light to the maze involving 35 unsolved cases of fuel which was tapped from motorists’ cars under the cover of darkness since the beginning of the year.
Targeted vehicles are mostly long distance trucks in transit normally carrying heavy cargo and not permitted to travel at night.
Super indent Mothibi however further revealed that it was not the first time Tekere was nabbed for a similar crime and that he was already under investigations for the previous offence.
“We suspect that Tekere is the King pin behind the ongoing fuel scam ,” Mothibi said.
Warning motorists to guard their vehicles from fuel thieves Mothibi said police have recently recovered close to 100 containers with fuel hidden in bushes.
He went on to warn members of the public that it was a crime to purchase fuel from places not licensed to sell it.
“Buying fuel on the streets is a crime just like stealing.
Those caught doing it will also risk being jailed or prosecuted for receiving stolen property.” Mothibi warned.
Tekere is currently behind bars waiting to appear in court soon.