Maryland Crime Rises with Gas Prices

We saw similar crimes during the U.S. oil crisis of the 1970’, when people began to siphon gas from other cars. Today, with gas prices constantly rising, thieves in Maryland have devised a new way to get free gas. They’re drilling holes in fuel tanks! And, according to Takoma Park Police, this trend is expected to continue.

“We’re going to keep an eye on it, especially as we’re expecting gas to go over $4 per gallon,” said Andrew Gucciardo, a crime analyst with Takoma Park police. “We’re thinking this is going to be a trend.”

There have been well over a dozen separate reported incidents since November. In one such instance, a thief drilled holes in 14 separate trucks at a Toyota dealership in Annapolis, stealing just 3 gallons of gas per truck, but causing over $8,000 in damages.

“This crime could put motorists into harm’s way,” Townsend said in a statement. “A leaking gas tank can be extremely dangerous. What’s worse is the costly damages gas thefts leave. In the end, drivers aren’t only left with an empty tank but also with empty pockets after spending hundreds of dollars in repair costs.”

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Md. thieves drill fuel tanks for gas