Footage has been uncovered that shows a Dallas man opening a gas pump at a convenience store and drawing nearly 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Two vehicles repeated the theft for six hours before anyone noticed it.
This theft comes as gas and diesel prices keep rising. The diesel theft happened at the Exxon gas station at the tollway and Spring Valley. It lasted hours and cost the store thousands of dollars. Store manager Brad Gaultney told Fox 4 that the thieves made 11 trips coming and going, stealing a little bit each time. This showed them that wherever they are dropping it off is close by, because they returned every five or ten minutes.
They took a little at a time and the total reached 5,000 gallons of diesel, which is currently selling at $5.25 a gallon. That makes it more than a $25,000 loss to the gas station. Employees didn't notice anything was wrong until they received multiple empty fuel notices and checked the camera footage and realized two vehicles kept returning and stealing gas. Management told Fox 4, that it appeared that the two thieves knew about how these pumps worked because they knew how to get the diesel to flow freely.
This has been an issue that has been going on for years, but it has increased recently as gas prices have skyrocketed. Fox 4 also reported that thieves in Houston stole 350 gallons of diesel every day for three days. Criminals have targeted gas stations all throughout Texas including Fort Worth.