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Brooklyn, NY - Thieves Pumping Out Gas From Vehicle Tanks

Published on: June 1, 2008 11:20 AM
By: AP - VIN News
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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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 Jun 01, 2008 at 12:00 PM lavdafka Says:

the only way to get the gas out is to puncture it ... syphning is blocked by almost all vehicles through anti-syphine filler pipe.


 Jun 01, 2008 at 12:16 PM watch Says:

I sew one night in manhattan a valay in a parking lot taking out gas from a car from that day I bought a gas cap lock and I take the key with me .


 Jun 01, 2008 at 01:11 PM anon for this Says:

It's like the 70's all over again...


 Jun 01, 2008 at 05:36 PM enough Says:

the thieves are the oil company's!! its about time that this is seriously investigated. dont tell me its the demand. demand does not double in a year and dont tell me its the dollar it did not double either 1 EUR = 1.55584 USD
so why in the world is a barral of oil that cost last year 60$ cost 125-130$ ???

there is no ecnomic reason for this price jump
only a criminal one!!


 Jun 01, 2008 at 11:24 PM Anonymous Says:

NO THE THIEVS ARE THE DEMICRATS! Because the have this stupitity that you can't pump oil in the US its a scam this whole thing!


 Jun 01, 2008 at 11:26 PM Anonymous Says:

NO THE THIEVS ARE THE LIBERALE DEMICRATS! Because the have this stupitity that you can't pump oil in the US its a scam this whole thing!


 Jun 01, 2008 at 11:36 PM murray Says:

Mr. "Enough" must Not have taken economics 101, when he doesn't understand the economic reason for the high prices of the gas. I proffessor I had told me the principle is a simple one, known as "what ever the market will bear" In other words if we want the stuff and are willing to keep paying for it-there you have it. My guess is it will Not go to $10.00 per gallon, simply because the majority of folks will Not pay it....


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