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Pain at the pump: Deputy interrupts elaborate gasoline theft

MSNBC -- As gasoline prices rise at the pump, so apparently does the brazenness of some thieves trying to steal it.

In Tampa, Fla., authorities say criminals used a minivan with a cutout floorboard, a pump and a big plastic container in an elaborate scheme to siphon gas directly from a gas station’s underground storage tank.

"When the price of the commodities goes up, we're not surprised to see that enterprising thieves will find ways to get that commodity and make a profit," St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz told the Tampa Bay Times.

Hillsborough County sheriff’s officials say the gasoline caper happened Tuesday morning at a Citrus Park gas station. The suspects had cut a hole through the bottom of a Chevrolet minivan and parked the vehicle over the station's underground storage tank.


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remay
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2012 10:45:35 AM

A trend??? Wouldn't be surprised if stations charge MORE, because they are having to hire off-duty law enforcement to protect their pumps...
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Sparky19038
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2012 8:14:09 AM

re: "Don't steal it from the stations. They only make a few pennies per gallon. The distributors are the ones who set the prices and gouge the station owners."

Thieves generally don't give a rat's tiny hiney about the plight of their victims. If they did, they'd probably not choose the path in life that they have.
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Sparky19038
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2012 8:11:10 AM

re: "UNderground fuel tank filler caps do not lock?"

As with most advances in security, people just don't think about it, until the criminals notice and take advantage of it, first.

The caps are simply metal plates, like small manhole covers. They are meant to keep contaminants out of the fuel supply. There has been, and still is, very little reason to go through any trouble or expense to secure them.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2012 4:16:06 AM

We have heard this before. It may be rare but it does happen. Just keep an eye out.
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Mark8601
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:13:23 PM

This is just the start!
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MINIWINI598
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 8:48:50 PM

ridiculous
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joekayak
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 7:45:01 PM

I'm surprised its taken this long for some people to start stealing gas, I had expected this kind of behavior to have occurred much sooner than now.
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ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 5:49:59 PM

I am very surprised that gasoline stations aren't locking the lids to their underground storage tanks. I knew a couple of guys that did this in 1970 when gasoline hit $0.509 per gallon. Also it would seem appropriate for tanker truck drivers to be armed. Their cargo might be worth more than some bank-business armored trucks carry, mostly credit card receipts sometimes.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 5:30:21 PM

Stupid is it's own reward.
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wendyAZ
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 5:25:35 PM

That kind of theft takes a lot of chutzpah, or just plain stupidity! If they had succeeded, they could easily have blown themselves up on their back as they were smoking their cigarettes and congratulating themselves!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 4:30:54 PM

Wow, I wonder how many copycats out there are now inspired by this article?
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Meowmy
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:00:17 PM

Don't steal it from the stations. They only make a few pennies per gallon. The distributors are the ones who set the prices and gouge the station owners.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:46:14 PM

It's too bad that the thieves couldn't put their creative energy into an honest day's work.
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nfldude
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:43:31 PM

UNderground fuel tank filler caps do not lock?
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trinda1
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:51:16 PM

They were going to get caught sooner or later. Then they acted like the gas suppliers and got greedy.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:38:11 PM

Interesting!
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:30:03 PM

Buy a locking gas cap & park the car in the garage or in well lighted places in public parking area's.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:17:10 PM

Nice try!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:13:06 PM

Nothing new,
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:18:19 PM

Nothing new, this has been done for a long time.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:10:50 PM

Price rise -> more theft. Doesn't matter if it's gasoline or rice or a truckload of tomatoes...
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:07:58 PM

Shocking.
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