State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating the theft of approximately 300 gallons of diesel fuel from a site in Schuylkill County.

The victim, Edward Padinske, 72, of Pottsville, told police the incident happened between Oct. 5 and 8 at the Barren Coal Company, Route 125, Porter Township.

Police said someone arrived at the scene from an unknown direction and removed the fuel from several pieces of equipment that were stationed there, fleeing in an unknown direction.

The fuel is valued in excess of $1,000, pollice said.