Thieves Pounce on Sky-High California Gas Prices

More than 1,000 gallons of gasoline were stolen from a Sacramento-area gas station.
3:00 | 10/08/12

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Now, what could be the latest fallout from skyrocketing gas prices out west. With fuel so valuable, thieves are stealing gas from the pumps. Abc's cecilia vega is at the pumps to explain what they're doing. George, good morning. Take a look at this. All of this gas here at this station in los angeles, well above $5 a gallon which shows you just how valuable the stuff is these days. One pair of thievers here in california stolemuch gas they have enough to make more than four-round trips between los angeles and new york city. The brazen thieves hit this shell station near sacramento four times in three days. Managing to steal $4,500 worth of gasoline. I don't know, if it will cover that money or not. Reporter: In all, they took off with more than 1100 gallons of precious gas. Here's how police say they did it. At 1:30 in the morning. A man in blake pickup pulled up to the station. Somehow, he managed to disable the meter and pump 300 gallons of gas straight into the truck. Police believe the thieves came back the next day and drove off with hundreds more gallons. Then, they came back again, a day later. This time, during store hours to steal even more. It actually was brought to the attention of the owner because he was short on his tallies for his amount of gas. Reporter: This as skyrocketing california prices broke records over the weekend with aaa putting the average price at $4.65 a gallon. That's a whopping 84 cents more than the rest of the country. This summer, thieves punctured tanks and cut fuel lines. In another sacramento area station. Two men were caught on camera prying open a tank and funneling $1,000 in gas inside a truck inside their fake bread truck. It seems thieves up and down the golden state are making a killing on liquid gold. And it's not just that thieves are stealing gas that concerns police. It is the potential for danger. Amy, any spark could ignite a serious disaster.

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