Syndicates cash in on new way to steal fuel

NEW TREND: Petrol is cheaper than it has been in a long time, but police are battling a huge increase in cases of fuel theft
NEW TREND: Petrol is cheaper than it has been in a long time, but police are battling a huge increase in cases of fuel theft

Petrol tanks punctured and drained in streets 

Brazen thieves in Port Elizabeth are stealing petrol and diesel, sometimes in broad daylight, by simply slipping beneath cars, puncturing the fuel tank or petrol pipe and making off with hundreds of rands’ worth of fuel.

And while 10 cases were reported just last month, with vehicles in Newton Park, Humewood and North End hit, police believe there are more cases which have gone unreported.

Police believe the wily thieves, pretending to fix a vehicle, use a cordless drill or screwdriver to puncture the tank or cut the fuel pipe. Ironically petrol (R9.90/l) and diesel (R8.96/l) have not been this cheap since 2011.

-Gareth Wilson

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