Ravensthorpe Police are investigating an alleged 8000-litre diesel theft from a farm on Biddy-Camm Road in Lake King.
Ravensthorpe Police sergeant Jamie Paterson said a farmer reported the theft to police on January 3, after coming home from a holiday to discover the missing fuel.
Sgt Paterson said the farm had been unattended for about a week and no evidence had been discovered to identify the type of vehicle used to steal the diesel.
It appeared the tap to the tank of diesel had been turned on and the fuel stolen.
Sgt Paterson said there was no other evidence of damage to the farm.
However, he said police would look at the “bigger picture” and see if there were similar incidents, even hundreds of kilometres away.
Sgt Paterson encouraged rural communities to assist police by remaining vigilant, reporting crimes to police and securing their property.
“There is an increase in rural crime during the Christmas holiday period because farms are often left unattended,” he said.
“The best we can do is be vigilant in reporting suspicious people or vehicles on farms and contact police if a crime occurs.”
Police have appealed for anyone with information on the alleged theft to contact Ravensthorpe Police at 9838 1004. Anonymous reports to Crime Stoppers can be made by calling 1800 333 000 or reported online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.