Sneaky Texas Fuel Heist is like something out of a movie

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The thieves made three separate trips to the same gas station in Texas and stole 1,000 gallons of gasoline.

Desperate times call for desperate measures as gasoline prices continue to soar across the country. High prices make fuel a scarce commodity, leading some people to find creative ways to steal it.

The parcel

The first thing these thieves had to do was find a gas station to carry out their devious scheme. Turns out they would find this place at Fuqua Express, a family-run gas station southwest of Houston. The idea was to pull their van over a storage tank and then pump fuel directly into storage containers through a hatch inside the van. The thieves never even had to get out of the vehicle to remove it.

Break it

The thieves would show up and park above the underground storage containers and get to work, pumping 360 gallons of fuel into their containers before driving off. Seeing how successful it had been, they returned the next day and succeeded again – pump another 360 gallons of fuel and drive off. It worked so well that they made it a third day, totaling over 1,000 gallons estimated at around $5,000.

Suspicion and surveillance

Of course, none of this went unnoticed. Owner Jerry Thayil noticed the missing gas right away, and after the second day he watched the surveillance video to see what he could find. Thayil was wary of a van that would stop, park over the storage tanks for about 15 to 20 minutes, then drive off.

Greed

On the fourth day, the thieves tried their luck again. According to KRPC, this time Thayil noticed them right away and ran out of his office in pursuit. Surveillance video shows Thayil chasing the van.

the getaway

Thayil would call the cops and file a report, but no arrests have yet been made. The scam seemed to work for the first two days, so these guys are almost sure to try again.



Gas – it’s like currency, and if prices don’t start falling soon, we might see more of these types of heists.

Don’t let thieves take your gas

If thieves are brazen enough to hit a gas station like this, what makes you think they won’t target your car or truck?

There are ways to protect yourself. First, consider getting a locking gas cap, even if the door above your current gas cap locks. It’s just an extra layer of protection. If you see damage to the reservoir lock cap, make sure you haven’t been siphoned off.

Second, do your best to park in a well-lit area, in your garage, or at least where your fuel door is visible to the street or security cameras.

Third, try not to let your vehicle sit unattended for too long. If you’re going to be out of town for a while, ask a friend or neighbor to check your car once in a while. If you are traveling, see if a friend can drive you to the airport instead of leaving your car in the airport parking lot for a long time.

Keep an eye on your fuel gauge. If something looks fishy and there isn’t a leak, you may have been targeted.

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