EDMOND, Okla. — Siphoning gasoline is nothing new. But it’s becoming increasingly popular as gas prices flirt with $4 a gallon. Business owner Mike Davis said, “People are desperate. And people who are desperate will get you however they can.”
Bob Maddox owns the Purple Burro at 2nd St. and Coltrane.
He unknowingly helped gas pirates rip him off by leaving a hose behind his restaurant.
Maddox told us, “My gas cap was on the ground. I looked around. They’d taken our hose and cut it off. It’s the third time it’s happened.”
Crooks are also buying inexpensive transfer pumps at metro auto parts stores to empty your tank.
When they can’t get in through the nozzle, the gas thieves are puncturing the tank below.
Maddox said, “I think they’re looking to be a Roman candle or something because if they make a spark, it’ll blow them up.”
It is a dangerous, potentially deadly attempt to save $50 at the pump.
But crooks are apparently willing to take the chance.
Edmond police spokesperson Glynda Chu said, “It’s not going to be stopping anytime soon. As the price goes up this type of crime will also rise.”
Fuel pirates typically like to hit the easiest targets.
Police say $20 locking gas caps just might be a good investment right now.