|Updated: 5/28/2013 11:44 pm
||Published: 5/28/2013 11:08 pm
Muskogee police need the public’s help finding thieves who have been stealing gasoline from vehicle tanks.
Six people in the Grand View and Kindle Blvd. areas reported their truck or SUV gas tanks had holes drilled into them and all the gasoline drained out.
It happened the weekend before Memorial Day weekend when prices were even higher than the normal high; on Tuesday night Quick Trip off 21st and Memorial Drive in Tulsa was selling a gallon of unleaded gasoline for $3.69 a gallon.
Bob Baird was one of the victims whose F-150 truck’s tank was drilled into on Sunday night and on Monday morning the fuel light turned on.
“I went to go fill it up at the gas station and I noticed the gas was leaking out of the tank, so I drove over to the auto repair place, and had them patch up the tank,” said Baird.
He still had not realized he was a victim of a crime.
“I thought I had bumped the tank while driving or something,” said Baird.
That is when Baird’s neighbor later asked him that same day if he had an issue with someone drilling holes into his truck’s gas tank.
“That is when I realized what was going on because my neighbor also has an F-150 truck and he said someone drilled holes in it and he lost 18 gallons of gasoline. Lucky for me, my tank was low because I just got home from a trip.”
It cost Baird about $130 dollars to have the four holes in his tank patched, but it cost his neighbor $1,000 to replace his entire tank.
Muskogee police Lt. Bobby Lee told FOX23 News he is not surprised people are stealing gas, but he is surprised they are stealing it by drilling holes in people’s gas tanks on their property.
Muskogee police do not have any leads yet. If you can help them call their department at: 918-683-8000.