Fuel Theft Attempt Runs Empty

Fuel Theft Attempt Runs Empty

COMPTON – While on routine patrol on Tuesday, Compton deputies spotted a blue van.  Normally, such a sight would not provoke suspicion.  However, said van happened to be parked over an underground fuel storage tank at a gas station located at 4351 E. Rosecrans Avenue.

In addition, they soon saw a hand sticking out from the floorboard of the van, pulling out a hose from the tank and then replacing the metal lid that covered it.  After the van drove off, police had reasonable suspicion that a fuel theft had just occurred and they stopped the vehicle.

Sure enough, they discovered five 55-gallon tanks inside the van, all full of diesel fuel.  The thieves, three males, had stolen 275 gallons in all.  The value of their attempted haul exceeded $1,000. They were charged with grand theft of diesel fuel. Bail was set at $20,000, an unwise exchange in anyone’s book.

Authorities remind the public that such a risky endeavor is fraught with danger.  A lit cigarette or car accident could have set off a large explosion.

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Fuel Theft Attempt Runs Empty was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by admin
Categories: Los Angeles
Tags: gas theft, theft