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EDMOND, Okla. — It’s a busy time for Red River Landscaping and Construction. 

They cover a lot of ground and Caleb McCutcheon said those weed-eaters and law mowers consume a lot of fuel! 

“We spend so much on gas. It’s ridiculous,” he said.

Police said someone may be trailing those landscaping trucks into Edmond neighborhoods. 

While the crews are distracted with tall grass and noisy mowers, someone is raiding the trailer of pricey gasoline.

Edmond Police Spokesperson Jenny Monroe said, “Most have cages to protect the equipment but the cans are on the side. It is an easy target if they are not paying attention.”

McCutcheon admits it’s a real concern.

“I’ve said it 100 times; it would be so easy to get it,” he said.

He hasn’t been ripped off yet but is trailer is equipped with 10 to 15 gallons of unsecured gas cans.

McCutcheon said, “They could do that and fill up their cars. We need to figure something out. We ain’t got gas, we can’t work.”

Red River landscaping and other landscapers said they are investing in locks, cages and anything else they can think of to keep the thieves away.

Edmond officials said the same car was seen recently fleeing two different neighborhoods. 

Detectives are following up on that potential lead.