Authorities in Houston, Texas, are investigating after thieves allegedly stole some 1,000 gallons of diesel from an area gas station, according to the station owner.
"I didn't want to just let them hit us again and lose another $1,200, $1,300," he said. "So I decided I would do something about it and I ran out there and chased them away."
Thayil told the outlet that he noticed a dark-colored van parking near the station's storage tanks on several occasions.
“At first we were like ... I wonder what he’s doing there because we didn’t see anyone get out of the vehicle but then we realized there’s probably a trap door inside the vehicle and he’s pumping like that,” he said.
The Houston Police Department told CNN that they are investigating the incident. The Epoch Times has contacted the department for comment.
“There have only been a few cases of this and we wanted to educate our community on how to protect themselves, and with sharply rising gas prices, we would expect to see more," he told The Epoch Times this week.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office in California also issued a warning to be alert for gas theft as prices rise.
“Of course, purchasing a locking gas cap and parking in a visible, well-lit area are on the top of the list, thieves have begun cutting filler lines and puncturing gas tanks to steal gasoline rather than siphoning,” the office wrote.