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Petrol prices hurting your wallet? Try stealing it instead!

Crikey!

posted by Rothko at 7:17 AM on September 19, 2005

Well, he could just like driving for a really long time.

Somebody in my neighborhood lost two tanks in two days to siphoning (daily heights ). That’s probably 40 gallons with just a piece of rubber hose.

Yeah, I heard there have been alot more drive offs (the gas equivalent of the dine and dash) back on the east coast since Katrina caused all the price spikes.

It will only get worse until we have cops stationed at police stations gaurding the precious, precious petroletum.

posted by fenriq at 8:00 AM on September 19, 2005

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pedant> Pump != Siphon. Siphons can only move liquid in a net downward direction.

I wonder how many loads of fuel he would have to steal to make up the cost of all that equipment? I guess if he’s really managed to pull off such a brazen stunt

45 times, he’s probably well into the black.

I wonder how many loads of fuel he would have to steal to make up the cost of all that equipment?

I’m sure he’s reselling it, so yeah, he’s probably recouped his investment nicely by now.

It’s possible he didn’t pay for the equipment. If someone that has access to the equipment already made for it (like someone who drives the fuel trucks — that probably don’t make a lot of $$), then it wouldn’t be very hard.

Since large transport trucks (like a semi) use diesel often, and a fuel trucker probably talks to many other truckers, he knows where to sell it.

Someone in an earlier thread mentioned that there are grey market resellers who have modified vans that haul gas out to rural areas. Maybe I read it on Fark

Didn’t George Miller put out a documentary about this guy back in ’81?

posted by clawtros at 9:12 AM on September 19, 2005

That’s what, less than $1,000? There’s got to be a better way to steal $1,000. That would have made one cool explosion though.

posted by geoff. at 10:15 AM on September 19, 2005

Or just check out GasTips. GasBuddy. or the other people tracking down cheap gas. People often stupidly pay more at one place when they could drive a couple miles and pay much cheaper.

Disclaimer: I work for GasTips. it’s my pet project within this company.

I’ve linked to a competitor to be fair. Also, we’re just starting in the American market, whereas they’ve been going there for a while, so do whatever helps you most.

I have a friend who siphoned gas for a while.

He actualy built a cig-lighter powered pump that would extract the gas and pump it directly into his car. Took ten minute and he was able to stay in the car the whole time.

Just thought that was kind of intresting.

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posted by delmoi at 11:54 AM on September 19, 2005

I’ve been doing drive-offs for some time now. I only do it at places where I know for a fact that the cashier isn’t charged for it, and I know I can get away.

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