• Jun 19, 2008

With gas prices exceeding $4 per gallon, it's no surprise that fuel stealing is on the rise. What's amazing is the lengths to which thieves are willing to go to swindle the pricey commodity in larger-than-normal quantities. An Orlando man was recently arrested for having a hidden, professionally welded 800-gallon gas tank retrofitted to a Ford truck that police say was expressly used for stealing petrol. The man also had a key that disables pump meters, which should scare the hell out of gas station owners.

He was caught after a Hess gas station attendant became suspicious of the inordinate amount of time he was spending pump-side and called the police. Law enforcement officials say that due to the elaborate setup of the gas-stealing truck and the theif's possession of the pump meter-disabling key, he is likely one part of a larger gas-stealing syndicate that resells the fuel for profit. It isn't surprising that some unscrupulous folks would be attracted to the possibility of netting $3,200 in about a half hour, but since they are going to so much trouble to remain undetected, you'd think they wouldn't try to steal all the gas at once. Thanks for the tip, Eric!

[Source: Local6]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      ...'theif'

      tsk

      Nice trick though, I want me one of those keys...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thieves have been cutting into the tanks on SUVs left parked at the lake. I guess they drain the tank with a siphon.

      A friend with a boat (150 gallon tank) put his boat in the water only to find the tank was almost bone dry. The theft had to be another boat owner in the same storage area but the security cameras record only the gates and fences, not each boat.

      It's going to get crazy once you've got $1000 in your boat's gas tank.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crooks also figure out the best way to steal, but never the best way to not get caught.
      • 6 Years Ago
      seriously??? he tried to fill the 800 gallon tank at one station?? what a genius......
        • 6 Years Ago
        a few weeks ago some guys filled up 400 gallons of small drums inside their horse trailer not to far from my place, cops are still looking for them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        People like this guy tend to have more balls than brains. He prolly found on previous fills that no one got suspicious or seemed inclined to take the time to call the cops. It is amazing what unethical people get away with because they have the cojones to go ahead and just do it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No kidding. The pump runs at something like 10gpm and he wants to fill 800 gallons?! Yeah, i would hope an attendant would wonder why the truck was there for over an hour.
        • 6 Years Ago
        becasuse thats their job.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      screw the elaborate apparatus. i just want the key.
        • 6 Years Ago
        meet me out back, bring $500...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not only is this guy a thief and an idiot, he might get a chance to explain his outlandish scheme to his new roommate, Bubba, while he's in the clink.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "you'd think they wouldn't try to steal all the gas at once."

      You're kidding, with the price of gas these days, you need to minimize how many stops you make!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Hummer stops at the gas station, a man jumps out, puts the nozzle into a tank, locks it and waits. An hour later, the owner of the stations is getting nervous, but since the guy and his car are firmly glued to the pump, he doesn't take any action. Another hour passes. And another one.
      After 4 hours, the owner of the station gets out, walks to the Hummer guy, taps gently on his shoulder and says:
      "Sir, what about switching off the engine....?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Recent story from Dallas Morning News...

        A guy is jogging and he sees an suv that has been left running. He comes by later and sees that it is still running. At the end of his jog, the suv is still running. He approaches the owner and asks if she knew the vehicle was running. She responded, "I'm charging my cell phone."

        I couldn't find the link. Did anyone else read this? It was a letter on the cover of the automobile section.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Suck it up yanks! Canada averages $1.35/litre X 3.78 (litres per US Gallon) and we northerners are paying $5.10 per gallon! So stop your whining!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I mention this on Autoblog Green. About a man who used a cattle trailer to steal fuel from a BP station in Hermitage, PA. They had to rewind the surveillance footage to find the crooks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      STILL he complained about how much gas it took to fill his truck
      • 6 Years Ago
      Screw the key, I want an electric car comparative to the gassers of today (just a silly dream for now)
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