Thieves take more than $10,000 worth of diesel fuel from Chevron gas station in spring
SPRING – A gas station in the spring is the latest victim of a diesel theft. It’s a crime that increases with the price of gasoline.
The Chevron gas station, located in the 6100 block of Root Rd., has now run out of hundreds of gallons of precious and expensive diesel.
“It’s about 1,800 to 2,000 gallons of diesel,” said owner Muhammad Faisal. “About $10,000 to $12,000.”
Faisal said the organized robbery happened after the convenience store closed at 11 p.m. Saturday and ended after 5 a.m. Sunday.
Faisal said his cameras captured truck after truck filling up diesel tanks and then driving off and back for more loads.
“There are eight or nine trucks coming (at) different times,” he said. “One is the main guy. It’s like taking a walk.
Faisal said the pump’s computer didn’t show the missing diesel, but after checking their inventory while doing paperwork on Monday morning, they knew something was wrong.
That’s when the gas station owner said he checked their cameras.
Faisal said he initially thought the thieves got the diesel directly from the tanks, but surveillance video showed they used a key to open the pump panel to get the diesel out.
“Especially given the current cost of fuel throughout the county, this is an especially serious crime with individuals profiting from small businesses like this,” said Capt. Jonathan Zitzmann of Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s office.
Zitzmann said the thieves could face first- or second-degree felonies when caught. He said the assistant constables needed the public’s help in finding the diesel thieves to help them shut down their operation.
“Several of the individuals were wearing baggy clothing and highlighter jackets, which made it very difficult to identify and obtain descriptions in the video,” Zitzmann said.
Zitzmann said the vehicles deputies were able to make out from the surveillance footage were:
– A white 1990s Ford Super Duty extended cab flatbed pickup truck. The middle of the five roof marker lights were off. The truck was driven by a man in a yellow hooded raincoat.
– A 2000s white Ford Super Duty Crew Cab pickup truck, driven by a man in a yellow jacket. The truck had tool boxes, a blue passenger-side hose, and an emergency light bar above the rear passenger compartment.
– A white 2010 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with chrome running boards and a 1,500 gallon tote tank in the bed.
– A second white 2010 Ford F-150 Crew Cab.
– A blue 2010 Ford F-140 Crew Cab with a black brush guard.
Anyone with information regarding the theft, contact Harris County Pct. 4’s dispatch at (281) 376-3472.
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