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WICHITA, Kansas – A gas station on the city’s northeast side is the latest target in a rash of recent gas thefts.
Police say the thief took off with several hundred dollars worth of gasoline.
Business went on as usual at the D&T gas station in the 800 block of S. Woodlawn Thursday morning.
Just 24 hours after the owner discovered 150 gallons of gasoline stolen.
Sources tell KSN News the owner was going through the station’s inventory when he realized numbers weren’t matching up.
Police are looking to find out how many people were involved in the theft.
“It appears what they did was use a set of bolt cutters to breech a gas tank and in doing so they were able to get about 150 gallons of gasoline from that tank,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.
Police believe this crime didn’t just happen overnight.
“Based on the time the owners knew the gas was there or not,” said Lt. Nolte. “We believed it occurred over a two day period.”
Investigators are still working to find the person responsible for this theft.
Gas thefts appear to be more evident as gas prices continue to climb.
Two incidents have been reported of thieves stealing gas by drilling into the gas tanks of cars and trucks.
Several cars and trucks were damaged including Lonnie Long’s vehicle.
“I looked down and I said well someone has done something to my fuel tank,” said Lonnie Long, victim. “So I put my key in and turned it and empty. Sixteen gallons.”
Police are still investigating both cases at this time. They’re currently looking over surveillance video footage at the D&T gas station for leads.
As for gas prices in Wichita, it now sits at $3.79 and that’s up $0.50 when it was around $3.28 a month ago.