Two men were behind bars Tuesday accused of stealing diesel fuel from the Mecca Travel Center.
The suspects, a 25-year-old from Los Angeles, and a 20-year-old from Huntington Park were arrested on Monday evening on suspicion of grand theft and conspiracy, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies responded to a report of diesel fuel being stolen Monday at 4:30 p.m. when they found the suspects pumping diesel fuel into a storage tank, according to authorities.
The two suspects allegedly pumped approximately 470 gallons of fuel, worth more than $2,700, without paying by manipulating the fuel pump mechanism, authorities said.
Authorities said the suspects are part of a larger theft ring and ask that anyone with information about the crimes contact Deputy Pasch or Deputy Zazueta with the Thermal Sheriff's Station at 760-863-8990.
The LA man was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. The Huntington Park man was booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center.
They were both held on $250,000 bail.