GABRIELLE ARSIAGA /NEWS-SUN
Andrew Green, 32, of Jal, was arrested on April 4 — after he allegedly stole more than $11,520 worth of oilfield piping — and was charged with larceny over $ 2,500, under$20,000, a third-degree felony.
According to a Lea County Sheriff’s Office criminal complaint, deputies were dispatched to Copper Cemetery Road in Jal for an oilfield theft in progress.
While deputies were en route to the location, the reporting party told them there was a black Ford truck with a pipe trailer attached to it at the Legacy pipe yard and he was watching the person via cameras loading pipe onto the trailer.
Deputies saw a black Ford F250 parked at the location and saw Green standing next to the truck. The reporting party told deputies no one should be removing any pipe from that yard.
Green told deputies he had been in contact with a manager of Legacy by the name of Steve Gordon, and he is the one who told him he could remove any old pipe from the yard.
The reporting party said there was not anyone by the name of Steve Gordon who worked at Legacy and again stated nobody had permission to be removing any pipe from the yard.
According to the complaint, 36 joints of 2 7/8 pipe was on the trailer and the pipe was valued at approximately $11,520.
Green was held on a no bond order and is scheduled for a preliminary examination on May 18 before Magistrate James Jones.