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Old problem, new tricks 
14th-Apr-2008 02:04 pm
Man charged with siphoning nearly 1,000 gallons of gasoline from stations' tanks
Updated Oct. 18, 2007, 9:26 a.m. ET

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 70-year-old man has been charged with grand theft after police watched him siphon off more than 900 gallons of gasoline from underground storage tanks at two gas stations, the Polk County authorities said Wednesday. [...]

Massachusetts men plead guilty to stealing gasoline

Sep 11, 2002 12:00 PM

A Malden MA man has pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a scheme to steal gasoline from a Gulf Oil tank farm in Chelsea MA, according to information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. [...]

Denver Officers Jail 2 Accused of Stealing Gasoline

Posted: 8:48 AM Apr 4, 2008
Last Updated: 8:55 AM Apr 4, 2008
Reporter: Associated Press
Email Address: news@nbc11news.com

Denver (AP) Denver prosecutors have charged two men accused of drilling into cars' gas tanks to steal gasoline in the last couple of months. [...]


Some blogs I read have comments that are starting tell a tale of gas theft (siphoning) and people even trying mugging to fill their gas cans (the potential attempt was thwarted by the flash of a concealed firearm. Someone begging for gas at a liquor store is mighty suspicious). Watch for this trend to grow as gas prices continue to rise. So far, there have been few news articles on this. I have seen nothing in the national media and most of what I have found is old. The blogs indicate this is far more widespread than the news agencies are registering. The new twist on this old problem (recall the 70's tank siphoning) is the theft from the stations themselves.

Take a look around you at the cars you see every day. Have their gas caps and fuel covers been pried off?

Watch for latest gas theft news here.
14th-Apr-2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Time to go buy a locking gas cap. It used to be you wanted one for protection from vandalism. Now you need it to protect your investment sitting in your gas tank.
16th-Apr-2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
You missed the point that a locking gas cap is not protection. They get pried off or the crooks will just drill a hole in your tank.

Edited at 2008-04-16 01:51 pm (UTC)
16th-Apr-2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
No I got that... but it is one of those "Not Worth their time when that loverly Ford Exploder sits there with no cap at all."
15th-Apr-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
When I returned from my first business trip w/ the current company, I discovered that about half the cars on my floor of the ridiculously expensive parking lot had been siphoned.

I kind of think they didn't siphon my tank because my car was dirty and crappy looking, parked between shiney BMWs, Lexuses and Ininities. (Lexi and Infiniti? Whatever.)
15th-Apr-2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Let's not get into that Latin plural thing again... ;P
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