Fort Worth, TX – Sky rocketing gas prices resulted with lot of thefts in the last couple of months countrywide and on Friday one was reported in Fort Worth, local authorities confirmed.
According to multiple reports, thieves stole $5K worth of gas from a Fort Worth gas station Friday early morning. Per the owner of the Chevron gas station in Fort Worth, thieves used a box truck and a pickup truck with an extra tank in the bed, made off with some 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline.
Calculated per the current gas prices, the owner of the gas station was left with $5K worth damage in the middle of the night.
The owners found out about the incident when they came at work Friday morning and caught the thieves on surveillance cameras. The gas station is located on Golden Triangle Boulevard in north Fort Worth.
“This is supposed to be a nice city. You don’t expect that kind of stuff here,” said Isaiah Herrera, whose family runs the gas station, along with the H Express store. “We saw them just going around in circles, just doing weird things that no one would do,” Isaiah Herrera said.
When they realized the pumps were not working properly, the owners checked the inventory and noticed that they were missing 1,500 gallons of gas and diesel. They checked the cameras just to see the incident for themselves.
“You can hardly see them, but you could see something, like one of the guys talking to the other guy in the bigger truck,” Herrera said.
Just after 1:30 a.m. Friday, surveillance footage shows a large box truck pulling up to a pump on one side of the station. Minutes later, a white pickup truck pulled up on the opposite side of the same pump.
About 15 minutes later, both trucks moved to the other side of the station, again parking by the same pump. The driver of the pickup truck got out for a few minutes and then drove away. Just after 2 a.m., the box truck changed positions. Herrera speculated that they were filling a tank in the back of the box truck. The box truck finally drove away around 2:30 a.m. Then, minutes later, the white pickup truck returned. The driver placed a fuel nozzle in a tank in the bed of the pickup, before finally leaving just before 3 a.m.
Owners think that thieves must have used some new technology since opening and activating the pumps is not an easy task. Now they believe police will find fingerprints which would eventually lead to their arrest.
Typically, the store closes overnight, but the pumps are still open.
The station is now considering turning off the pumps overnight to stop this from happening in the future.