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Police are investigating the theft of approximately 1,000 gallons of gas — worth an estimated $4,500 — from a gas station in Roseville, California, KCRA reports.The alleged thief pumped the gas before prices jumped this week, the station reported, though it’s not clear if it was an inside job.
The station says the thieves were able to bypass the pump’s meter to take as much as they wanted.
“He stopped. He knew what he was doing obviously. Got inside the pumps, bypassed it so he could just take as much gas as he wanted,” store employee Cory Cookson told the station.
The thief apparently came by the station three times in a pickup truck, each time making off with about 300 gallons. California drivers may finally get some relief from record-breaking gas prices this week, as Gov. Jerry Brown has petitioned to end the state’s expensive fuel blend requirements early.
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