Brooklyn, NY - Thieves Pumping Out Gas From Vehicle Tanks
Brooklyn, NY - The soaring price of crude oil has turned gas tanks into a cache of valuable booty, While gas station drive-offs and siphoning are far more common methods of stealing gas, reports of tank and line puncturing are starting to trickle into police departments and repair shops across the country.
Some veteran mechanics and law enforcement officers say it’s an unwelcome return of a crime they first saw during the Middle East oil embargo of the early 1970s.
pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles are more vulnerable to the thieves who puncture the tanks and use a container to catch the fuel.
Plastic tanks are typically the target, since there is less chance of a catastrophic spark, and they are easier to drill into.
The cost of replacing a metal tank on passenger vehicles is between $300 and $400, and the plastic tank common on newer vehicles would be at least $500.
VIN News has received reports that many vehicles in Flatbush have had their gas tanks emptied overnight.
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