Updated: Monday, 21 Dec 2009, 7:33 PM MST
Published : Monday, 21 Dec 2009, 7:33 PM MST
CARLSBAD, N.M. (KBIM-KRQE) - It may not be southeast New Mexico's biggest or most valuable criminal haul, but at 5 miles it's probably the longest.
The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office is looking for whoever stole the 5 miles worth of 3-inch inch polyethylene pipe from remote site in the county.
"Poly pipe is a conduit," sheriff's Capt. Jeff Zuniga said. "Basically it's like really big plastic pipe, and it's used to move water from one location to another."
Two companies and a rancher have come forward claiming to be victims. They estimated a total of $43,000 worth of poly pipe was taken between May and September.
“I’m sure that it didn't happen in a one-time event," Zuniga said. "Five miles is a lot.
"But I'm not so sure it couldn't have happened over the span of a few weekends if you have the right equipment."
Because of the pipeline’s remote location in south Eddy County, with parts stretching into Texas, investigators said they have no suspects and need help.
Anyone with information on the theft can call Eddy County Crime Stoppers at (575) 887-1888.
There is a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers, and the companies involved are offering an additional $5,000 for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest.