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Gas station fuel heist blamed on high prices, not terrorism

May 10, 2011 | 12:05 pm

A Mobil gas station.

A group of thieves used a pair of flatbed trucks to steal 528 gallons of gasoline from a Mobil service station in Pasadena, police said.

Wearing hooded sweatshirts so they could not be recognized in surveillance video, the thieves drove the trucks to the closed station at about 2 a.m. Monday, and then used a device to activate the gas pumps and fill tanks affixed to the trucks, said Pasadena police Lt. Rodney D. Wallace. The gas was valued at about $2,200 based on current prices.

Wallace said the gas station's surveillance cameras showed at least three thieves and investigators believe a fourth may have also been involved.

Police originally worried that the gas could be used for a terror attack but the Pasadena Police Department's counter-terrorism unit discounted that idea, Wallace said.

"We were told there is nothing that is on the radar in terms of threats," he said. "It sounds like this is more an issue with the economy and the high gas prices."


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Photo: A Mobil gas station. Credit: Associated Press