Thief puts the brakes on home heating oil program for those in need

SHORELINE, Wash. -- For nearly two decades, Shoreline-based Tanks by Dallas has helped those in need from the winter cold from Mount Vernon to Tacoma. But now a thief has put the brakes the generous heating help.

The oil tank removal company has been donating the unused oil from the tanks for 18 years to families and the elderly in need. But on March 1, their faith-based heating program nearly froze when their oil delivery truck was stolen from their store front in Shoreline.

"When someone takes away our livelihood and what we use to help the community it's really a big hit," said Dallas Gigrich owner of Tanks by Dallas. "We can't just afford to go out a buy another truck."

The newer step truck with a tank, pumps and hoses could cost up to $15,000 to replace.

"I think it's just awful - give it back," said a client of Tanks by Dallas who only wanted to be identified as Carolyn.

The grateful client says Dallas and his team saved her family from the cold when she fell ill all while dealing with the death of her daughter and parents.

"I feel really bad for him. He's goes out of his way for other people that are down and out like we have been," she said.

Dallas estimates since 1996 he's given away an approximately $2 million in heating oil to those in need.

If you've seen an older white step truck equipped with an oil tank called Shoreline Police.