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Update: Sheriffs cite propane thefts in Hilmar

Thieves took several propane tanks in Hilmar this week, Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

The first incident was reported around 6 p.m. on Nov. 20, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman. Someone cut the lock from a propane tank storage area in the 8000 bock of Lander Avenue, taking 22 tanks.

On Tuesday, around 8:30 a.m. more tanks were stolen from another location in the 8000 block of Lander Avenue. It's unknown whether the thefts were committed by the same suspects, MacKenzie said.

The Merced Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information about the thefts or related suspicious activities to call (209) 385-7444.

— Victor A. Patton