• Mar 12, 2008
With the price of gas continuing its upward trajectory, the possibility of fuel theft is going to rise accordingly. Denver's own 9News is reporting that crooks are beginning to move beyond the traditional method of siphoning gas out of the tank by sucking on a hose placed inside the fuel tank and instead are busting out the power drill. The victimized vehicles are primarily SUVs whose higher ride height makes it easier for Mad Max-inspired criminals to get underneath and do their worst. While stealing fuel is a wholly bad idea in its own right, the idea of drilling into a metal tank filled with an explosive substance seems particularly insane. Then again, maybe these desperate criminals might be getting what's coming to them.

[Source: 9News via TTAC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't need a drill bit to make a spark. I have actually been shocked by a piece if lettuce! I don't know if there's a scientific term for it, but I have a lot of static in my body all the time. I have been schocked by water coming from the tap, too.
      I have never been able to wear a (windup) watch, they die in a about 2 hours, battery ones last a little longer. My grand daughter is the same way, she not only kills watches, but has sent many a calculater to it's doom.
      A police office trying to take my prints (No, not for stealing gas, for a job) kept getting shocked, he laughed and called me "stun gun."
      Rest assured, I won't be stealing any gas,lol
      Ed
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gee, thanks all, I will feel much safer now stealing gasoline!
      Dave
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would suggest that it is irresponsible for the author of this article and AOL to suggest that "these desperate criminals might be getting what's coming to them".
      Lets hope that someone close to you doesn't do something stupid and end up hurt or as the article suggests burned to death.
      bob robbins
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if my 357 slug tearing a worthless piece of s---s head off would ignite the fumes??????????????
      • 6 Years Ago
      Back in the 70's when people started siphoning gas tanks, my dad came home and told us of a group of 3 kids who did so many cars in such a short time that the fumes and, presumably, the occasional mouthful of gasoline he got killed one of them. The other two hit several more cars before getting caught. My question: How many times do you need to bang your head against the wall before you realize it hurts?
      SOTT ZAGURSKIE
      • 6 Years Ago
      They better not let me hear the drill they might get lead poisoning, I work too hard everyday to let someone steal from me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mikey. You didn't read the atricle. they don't care about your gascap or fuel door. They are drilling holes in the fuel tanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if the drill dont make the sparkd to do the job the brushes in the drill sure will so"" id say just buy and dont steal
      scott
      • 6 Years Ago
      A more simple solution.....lower the price of gas.
      Miss V
      • 6 Years Ago
      about two weeks ago here in our town somone was trying to steal gas from a honda dealership using a drill and it caught 5 new cars on fire it totaled them all you can look the story up online just type in something like cars burned on Richmond Kentucky car lot the dealership is called Valentines Honda
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems like some people have been watching too many a Robin Hood Tale!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Apparently many people missed the whole nigerian gasoline pipeline explosion back in '06 which took out about 200 gas swindling theives.

      http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/05/12/nigeria.blast/index.html
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