More than 4,400 gallons of gas stolen from Skokie station
By MIKE ISAACS | firstname.lastname@example.org March 21, 2013 1:32PM
Updated: April 29, 2013 10:01AM
Three gas pumps were vandalized and more than 4,400 gallons of gas were stolen from a Shell Station at the intersection of Touhy and Leclair avenues in Skokie last month, but the damage wasn’t noticed until Feb. 24.
The station’s owner didn’t know about the stolen gas until he was informed that one of the pumps was not registering the amount of gas being pumped by a customer, police said.
The next day, police said, the owner checked all the pumps and noticed that three of them had been damaged by unknown means. A check of the station’s February inventory then revealed 4,471 gallons of unaccounted gas, police said.
Police were told this was not the first time gas had been taken from the station, although it was the first time a report was filed, because the victim said he had no evidence before.
On an unknown date earlier in February, the station’s security camera captured a white van pulling up to the pumps with seven people inside. Five people left the van and entered the store, while the last two walked around to the pumps, police said.
The footage showed the two suspects lifting their arms up and down in a striking motion near the pumps, police reported. After that, several vehicles pulled up to the tanks, pumped gas and pulled away without paying, police said.
While the gas was being pilfered, police said, the cashier did not know the thefts were occurring.
The case is still under investigation.