MILLINOCKET — A 29-year-old Maine man has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing diesel fuel from his employer in Millinocket.

Millinocket Police Chief Kevin Bolduc says Kevin Langlais is accused of filling 55-gallon drums with fuel from the fuel pump at W.T. Gardner & Sons’ hardwood chipping mill.

Bolduc tells the Bangor Daily News that investigators believe the thefts took place over the last three weeks and totaled about 1,000 gallons of fuel.

Besides being used for vehicles, diesel fuel can serve as a substitute for home heating oil.

Bolduc says Langlais was fired following his arrest.