In any case, this could be a huge problem for station owners across the country, if the thief (thieves) get away with this. The AP says that whoever took the fuel took it from the unlocked underground tanks. Burbank police Detective Sam Anderson said that one would need "a special device" to open them. I don't know what that device is, but it must be worth a lot to the suspect(s) considering that 4k gallons of diesel is worth over $20,000 right now, if they can find a way to sell it.
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[Source: AP, LA Times Bottleneck blog]