Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Is Your Gas Tank Unusually Low?

When you think of people stealing gas, you immediately picture someone with a plastic hose siphoning gas from the tank. However, it seems that is the old-fashioned method if four incidents in Overland Park last week are any indication.

In each case, the suspect will drill a hole in the tank and drain the gas into a bucket. What used to be merely a theft now involves a criminal damage to property charge (CDP), as well.

When the vehicle owner comes out to their car, they either smell strong gas fumes, or notice that they have little or no gas remaining after just filling it up.

In one report, the suspect was actually confronted by an alert neighbor who called police and scared the thief away – bucket and all. The witness told police the suspect was a white male in his early 20’s, wearing all dark clothing. The suspect was seen driving a red four door vehicle that was missing all four hubcaps.

A joint effort between Overland Park Police and the Olathe Police Department resulted in a possible suspect being identified. Detectives are still gathering information and the investigation is on-going.

Please keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and people in parking lots, especially apartment complexes during the overnight hours. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750.