• Jun 27, 2008
We've seen our fair share of gasoline thefts as of late, and it seems that more are to be expected as the price for a gallon of gas continues its upwards trajectory. The latest scam affects moving companies such as U-Haul, which is now reporting that some renters of its trucks are using up the fuel in the tank and refilling them with water. Other less ingenious criminal minds are simply resorting to the age-old tactic of siphoning gas from the delivery vehicle's tanks.
One U-Haul employee in Olympia, Washington reports that she has seen "five or six [instances of] water in fuel [tanks] last week." Because water does not readily mix with gasoline, some renters have been able to go uncaught as the deed isn't found out until the next user gets the truck. In that case, major repair bills starting around $2,000 are necessary. Let's just hope that thieves looking to score some free gas at U-Haul's expense don't begin using the drill method.

[Source: KATU.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't feel bad for UHaul. They're one of the shadiest companies out there. They could have to pay for thousands of $2000 repairs and they'd still be up on the public in terms of what they've scammed from their customers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just love this...
      Steal 50 to 100$ and cause 2000$ damage... just brillant... net gain for society: - 1950$...
      It's like the dumbasses that steal copper from roofs or art statue. Some will get a couple hundred $ while causing sometimes over ten thousand bucks...

      At least, some of them get fried while stealing wires...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or the dumbasses who steel the 5 feet of copper line off home heating oil tanks and let 600L spill out on the ground and cause up a million dollars in damage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No, Autoblog, let's hope they do use drills. If people try to steal gas from my car, I think it's of little consequence to anyone if a rogue spark kills them. Karma gives them what they deserve.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe the penalty should be waterboarding.
        • 6 Years Ago
        or dieselboarding
      Joanie Robleto
      • 3 Years Ago
      U-Haul santa rosa maybe someone out there knows about this location my husband has been in jail for 5 months my property all thrown away because an employee decides to give the wrong truck reports it stolen and pockets the money not once but twice they've stolen our property. they've also done may other things there but I wont be like their employee from customer services who slanders us with no evidence all hersay my husband suffers from COPD, congestive heart failure, kidney failure sitting in dam YOLO CROOKED FRICKEN COUNTY I need a attorney no any good ones, because Yolo's are all on the district attorney's side THAT'S RIGHT!!!! DONT GO TO CASHE CREEK CASINO EITHER ITS A SETUP FOR YOLO'S POLICE DEPARTMENT
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is nothing, wait until the rental industry gets hit, and I don't mean Hertz and Avis. One of my family members recently rented a big back hoe to work on their yard and it was delivered with two 50 gallon tanks full to the top. The agreement is that paying the day rental costs assumes you'll use some gas, but there is no post-return measuring or billing for the gas used. Rent it for one day = $250, delivered with $400.00+ worth of gas in it.

      Hmmmmm...So when gas hits $6.50 a gallon this time next year, you could basically make a living from siphoning.
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really feel bad for these companies. They have done nothing wrong, and have to not only pay for it with higher gas prices, but these idiots not only steal the gas, but they replace it with something that will hurt the vehicle even more (and the owners' wallet).
      • 6 Years Ago
      at this point if you know how to put locks on gas tank doors, you will make tons of money.

      start the business now ...
        • 6 Years Ago
        i think you misunderstood the article. the people that rent the vehicles use whatever gas they need to, but then they return it to uhaul with a "full tank" that has been filled with water.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish people would do this to companies like Greyhound who deserve it. Those scumbags screw people over daily.
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