Florida police are searching for the two men who stole more than 1,000 gallons of gas this month – part of a growing wave of fuel thefts across the country as prices have risen.
On June 1, the robbers returned to St. Cloud’s gas station in two trucks loaded with large tanks and managed to escape with 1,093 gallons before fleeing at high speed. Police said Tuesday.
Police said the two men were driving a white truck and surveillance footage showed a picture of one of their vehicles with a large tank in its bed.
As gas prices rise, black market dealers are brazenly stealing fuel and reselling it on the street at discounts, officials have warned in recent months.
Ned Bowman, executive director of Florida Petroleum Marketers, said law enforcement officials believe the gas thirst is creating loopholes in the Sunshine State and beyond.
“They’re just stealing from tanks,” he said. “That’s what we’re dealing with. We break one ring and the other comes up.
Bowman said police have repeatedly sought to enhance surveillance capabilities in an effort to identify and track down criminals.
While some gas thieves only fill and unload large tanks, others are using more sophisticated methods.
In March, four Florida men were arrested on charges of possessing equipment inside gas pumps, which pushed dollar prices down to money.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it has installed state-of-the-art “plasters” inside pumps that regulate cost and fuel flow.
The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Florida is about $ 5.