CARLSBAD, N.M. (KBIM-KRQE) - It may not be southeast New Mexico's biggest or most valuablecriminal haul, but at 5 miles it's probably the longest.
The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office is looking for whoeverstole the 5 miles worth of 3-inch inch polyethylene pipe fromremote 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 movewater from one location to another."
Two companies and a rancher have come forward claiming to bevictims. They estimated a total of $43,000 worth of poly pipe wastaken between May and September.
“I’m sure that it didn't happen in a one-timeevent," Zuniga said. "Five miles is a lot.
"But I'm not so sure it couldn't have happened over the span ofa few weekends if you have the right equipment."
Because of the pipeline’s remote location in south EddyCounty, with parts stretching into Texas, investigators said theyhave no suspects and need help.
Anyone with information on the theft can call Eddy County CrimeStoppers at (575) 887-1888.
There is a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers, and the companiesinvolved are offering an additional $5,000 for anyone who hasinformation that leads to an arrest.
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