|Updated: 5/29 5:23 pm
||Published: 5/29 3:31 pm
Thieves are going to elaborate lengths to drain gas tanks. On Monday night, FOX23 reported that six drivers in Muskogee had holes drilled into their gas tanks. Some drivers in Tulsa have reported that their fuel has been stolen but in a different manner.
Heather Chacon didn't expect to see her gas gauge on her SUV to be empty two weeks ago. The day before she went to start the car, she had pumped $90 worth of fuel into it.
Chacon told FOX23 that her gas cap was missing and the fuel had been drained from the vehicle in the parking lot of her apartment complex on 21st and Memorial Streets.
"I pretty much felt violated," said Chacon. "This is usually a safe area and knowing that people are coming and stealing things that don't belong to them is a problem."
Heather said that the $90 that she lost could have been used to purchase other necessities.
"I could have spent it on groceries or gas for our other vehicles," said Chacon.
Heather told FOX23 that she promptly purchased a gas cap lock to keep thieves from striking again.
It's not a new problem in the area and many others in Tulsa are taking the same precautions.
Mike Havice said that his fuel was stolen out of his vehicle a few years ago. Since then, he takes proper precautions to keep it from happening again.
"I park close to the house and I have a lock on the gas cap," said Havice.
For now, Heather said that she is going to keep the fuel under lock and key.