High gas prices lead to spike in major gas thefts in Houston

Gas Thieves in Texas are going big, Stealing thousands of dollars of liquid gold as fuel prices skyrocket, Texas law enforcement officials tell The Post.

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In the Houston area, gasoline is being Stolen anywhere it can be found – from gas stations to construction sites – and often ends up on the black market, law enforcement officials said.

“It’s certainly not a coincidence that gas prices are high and we’re seeing this. Anytime that Commodities increase in value, their price on the black market increases as well, ”said Capt. Jonathan Zitzmann of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

In the past week, there have been at least two major gasoline thefts with a combined total of $ 15,000 in Stolen gas.

“This is probably the most now we’ve seen Stolen from a gas station in a while,” Zitzmann said.

In the last week, $ 15,000 worth of gas was stolen in two different robberies.
Courtesy of KHOU-11

On Monday, the owners of a Chevron gas station near Spring, Texas, realized they were short hundreds of gallons of gas, the station owner told KHOU. Surveillance video shows several heavy-duty pickup trucks stealing 1,754 gallons of diesel fuel worth $ 8,331.50, said the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. The Thieves used a fuel bypass device.

In another incident, a trap door in a minivan was used to Steal gas from underground gas tanks, KHOU reports. Surveillance video shows a dark van parking over the gas tank Lids.

“The way they did it was very sneaky. They had a trap door in their vehicle, and they would put a hose down there, ”gas station owner Jerry Thayil told KHOU, adding that over several days, the same van stole over 1,000 gallons of fuel.

Gas station robbery
The Stolen gas is often sold on the black market.
Courtesy of KHOU-11

A third gas Heist was thwarted by a law enforcement officer who noticed Suspicious activity at a construction site, according to KHOU. Three men were caught with $ 1,800 in diesel fuel.

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