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Gas thieves drilling holes into tanks of parked vehicles

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - Police are looking for thieves who are stealing gasoline by drilling holes into gas tanks of parked vehicles.

The York County Sheriff's Office says there have been five incidents reported in the Baxter Village and Bailiwyck areas of Fort Mill.

The thefts are taking place at night. Some of the victims did not realize that someone had drilled into their gas tanks until the vehicle was at a repair shop. 

The incidents have occurred on Camber Woods Drive, Jones Wade Court, Stafford Run Drive, Lower Assembly Drive, and Glenn Allen Way.

Peter Dressel told police between 4 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 10 a.m. on Jan. 22, someone went underneath his gray 2006 Ford F-150 and drilled a hole in the tank. The estimated damage to his truck was about $1,400. The thief stole a half tank of gas valued between $42-$48.

Between Jan. 21 and Jan. 23, someone did the same thing to Ron Pulis' 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 truck.  Pulis said it cost him $950 to repair the truck.

On Feb. 13, Kevin Knape reported that someone punched a hole into the tank of his 2005 Ford F-150. 

Kathy Tuttle called police on Feb. 14 and reported that as she was filling up her truck at the gas station, she noticed gas was running out from under the vehicle. She took the truck to a repair shop and they advised that it appeared someone drilled a hole in the tank.

Most of the vehicles targeted have been pickup trucks, but James Walters' 2010 gray Honda Civic was also targeted.

Walters said someone drilled a small hole in the gas tank of his car between Feb. 18 and Feb. 20.  He said it would cost about $1,000 to repair the tank. Walters had the vehicle towed to the dealership to be repaired. 

The sheriff's office says drilling into a tank filled with gasoline is dangerous and could result in a fire or explosion. If you see anyone acting suspicious around vehicle, you should note the description of the person as well as the license tag of the vehicle they are driving.

http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14163056

by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:16 AM

the higher gas prices go, the more of this you will see.

Ibelongtojesus
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Guess the locking gas cap I was gonna get won't really help much.....  :(

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:21 AM

that is what I was thinking when I read this.  I remember the gas lines in the 1970's and all the theft of gas that was going on.  Something tells me it may be happening again.

Quoting Ibelongtojesus:

Guess the locking gas cap I was gonna get won't really help much.....  :(


Bean1980
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:33 AM
This really makes me sad, hard working people who are struggling to even buy half a tank of gas, now have to fork out to buy a new tank because of selfish people.

Good thing I don't really sleep at night, I will beat the crap out of someone if I saw them messing around my car. My whole $10 worth of gas is important to me.
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