- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a string of thefts from oil production sites in a Montana county that borders North Dakota’s oil patch.

The Williston Herald reports (bit.ly/1TNZj9n) reports there have been 10 thefts in Richland County, Montana since December. Authorities say stolen items include solar panels, brackets, copper wire and batteries. Most of the thefts happened in the early morning hours.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in the cases. Tips leading to the arrest and a conviction may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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