robomarkov (robomarkov) wrote,

Old problem, new tricks

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
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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.
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