Kansas City Metro Police say thieves drill into and drain gas tanks


With rising gas prices, police warn of fuel thefts happening on the subway. The criminals slip under the vehicles and empty the tanks. This happened three times recently in Independence and Overland Park. At 4:25 a.m. on March 8, a man with a small can of gas parked and approached John Blaser’s truck. He stayed here for a total of four minutes,” Blaser said. Blaser said his truck held 34 gallons. He said the suspect took about two gallons and let the rest go down the street and into the storm drain. “I would just like to talk to the guy,” Blaser said. “What would you say to him?” KMBC’s Brian Johnson asked. “Oh, there wouldn’t be a lot of talk. It would be fist action,” Blaser said. Police said that same night another truck was emptied a few blocks away. Overland Park had a similar case three weeks ago. Christian Brothers Automotive in Independence said thieves typically target trucks, large pickups or SUVs. out,” said Tim Porter of Christian Brothers Automotive. Over the past six months, the repair shop has assisted three vehicle owners after fuel thefts. It’s something they saw in 2008. “It’s no surprise to see him come back. I wish it wasn’t. But we see it happen when there’s a rapid surge. fuel prices,” Porter said. Repairs can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 or more. “Our recommendation would be #1 to park in the garage if you have a garage. I know that’s not available to everyone. But if you have a garage put it in there,” said Independence Police Officer Jack Taylor. No. 2, police recommend parking in a driveway and having adequate light. “The only thing I will say is make sure you have good cameras,” Blaser said. Blaser was able to repair his truck. He said he hoped the man would be caught and no one else would be gutted. The police have not made any arrests in this case.

With rising gas prices, police warn of fuel thefts happening on the subway. The criminals slip under the vehicles and empty the tanks. This happened three times recently in Independence and Overland Park.

At 4:25 a.m. on March 8, a man with a small can of gas parked and approached John Blaser’s truck.

“Gets two gallons of gas, gets back in his vehicle and drives off. He was here for a total of four minutes,” Blaser said.

Blaser said his truck held 34 gallons. He said the suspect took about two gallons and let the rest go down the street and into the storm drain.

“I would just like to talk to the guy,” Blaser said.

“What would you say to him? asked KMBC’s Brian Johnson.

“Oh, there wouldn’t be a lot of talk. It would be fist action,” Blaser said.

Police said that same night another truck was emptied a few blocks away. Overland Park had a similar case three weeks ago.

Christian Brothers Automotive in Independence said thieves typically target trucks, large pickups or SUVs.

“They’ve got a lot of ground clearance. They’ve got big fuel tanks. They’re easy to get in. Easy to get out of,” said Tim Porter of Christian Brothers Automotive.

Over the past six months, the repair shop has assisted three vehicle owners after fuel thefts. It’s something they saw in 2008.

“It’s no surprise to see it come back. I wish it wasn’t. But we see it happen when there’s a rapid spike in fuel prices,” Porter said.

Repairs can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 or more.

“Our recommendation would be #1 to park in the garage if you have a garage. I know that’s not available to everyone. But if you have a garage put it in there,” said Independence Police Officer Jack Taylor.

#2, police recommend parking in a driveway and having adequate lighting.

“The only thing I will say is make sure you have good cameras,” Blaser said.

Blaser was able to repair his truck. He said he hoped the man would be caught and no one else would be gutted.

The police have not made any arrests in this case.


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