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Florida men steal 1,100 gallons of gas as fuel thefts rise across US

Florida men steal 1100 gallons of gas as fuel thefts


Florida cops are searching for two men who stole more than 1,000 gallons of gas this month — part of a growing wave of fuel heists across the country as prices soar.

The petrol plunderers pulled up in two trucks equipped with large tanks at a St. Cloud gas station on June 1 and managed to make off with 1,093 gallons before speeding away, police said Tuesday.

Cops said the two men drove white trucks and surveillance footage captured an image of one of their vehicles with a large tank placed in its bed.

As gas costs continue to soar, black market dealers are brazenly stealing fuel and reselling it at a discount on the street, officials have warned in recent months.

Ned Bowman, executive director at Florida Petroleum Marketers, said law enforcement officials believe that the thirst for gas is creating theft rings in the Sunshine State and beyond.

“They’re just stealing right out of the tanks,” he said. “That’s what we’re dealing with. We break up one ring and another one come up.”

Bowman said that cops are attempting to ramp up surveillance capabilities in attempting to identify and bust repeat offenders.

While some gas thieves simply fill up oversized tanks and take off, others are using more sophisticated methods.

As gas costs continue to soar, black market dealers are stealing fuel and reselling it at a discount.
St. Cloud Police Department
Suspect who stole gas from a florida station
The gas thieves managed to make off with 1,093 gallons before speeding away.
St. Cloud Police Department
Suspect who stole gas from a Florida station
Cops are attempting to ramp up surveillance capabilities in attempting to identify and bust repeat offenders.
St. Cloud Police Department

In March, four Florida men were nabbed for placing devices inside gas pumps that dropped prices to pennies on the dollar.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said they installed sophisticated “pulsators” inside pumps that regulate price and fuel flow.

The average cost of a gallon of regular gas is nearing $5 in Florida.





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