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Thieves across the United States are stealing gas, either by physically pumping gas from pumps and other vehicles, or by hacking into a network of gas retailers, fueling record highs.

And while gas thieves may think they’re doing a favor to drivers by reselling stolen gas at a discount, experts say gas thieves don’t stick to the man they think they are.

Thieves endanger themselves when they try to steal gas.

Thieves endanger themselves when they try to steal gas.
(Via Paul Morris / Bloomberg Getty Images)

“It’s not Robin Hood,” Jeff Lenard, vice president of policy industry initiatives at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), told Fox News Digital. “These are thieves. They don’t rob the rich and don’t give to the poor. The gas station owner is the least responsible for the high price. The price of theft goes up and when people walk around with unsafe theft. Fuel, it’s a concern for anyone.”

Terry Kim, co-founder of the Academy of Network Engineering and Cybersecurity Training, NGT Academy, an experienced co-founder of the Air Force, said, “It’s really sad because the one who really loses in such a situation is the owner of the gas station.”

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“You can literally keep them out of business altogether [into] Bankruptcy by doing such things. Even if oil theft helps people or gets free gas, it is a really bad thing for the owners of these gas stations, ”he said.

Earlier this month in Virginia Beach, police saw “numerous vehicles” using equipment to pump gas from the then-closed Sitgo station.

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“During the preliminary investigation by the authorities, it was found that the equipment was being used to gain access to gas pumps illegally. The individuals were then selling petrol at a discounted rate through a phone application and advertised the operation on social media. The price of petrol has been stolen, “the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a June 14 press release.

To protect themselves from cyber attacks, fuel retailers must ensure that their networks are up-to-date and properly secured so that their technology infrastructure has no vulnerabilities or vulnerabilities that allow hackers to infiltrate their networks and steal or alter information. Stores and franchisees should train their employees, said Kim and Jacob Hess, co-founder of NGT Academy.

More thieves are stealing gas in the United States, with 25% of fuel retailers reporting an increase in gas theft.

More thieves are stealing gas in the United States, with 25% of fuel retailers reporting an increase in gas theft.
(David Paul Morris / Bloomberg)

Physical gas theft is another problem that does not involve cyber attacks.

Lenard said about 25% of gas retailers have experienced an increase in gas theft compared to last year, citing data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Thieves are “gaining access to the pump and… are either overriding the system physically or electronically, and resetting prices to a minimum, or keeping transactions open where multiple people can go through the same transaction,” Lenard explained.

“It’s a trend. Another trend is someone retrofitting or regenerating a flat-panel van or some kind of vehicle, then parking on an underground storage tank and extracting gas from the underground storage tank and then reselling,” he explained. . “And this is probably the most common right now.”

In Salt Lake City, Utah, security camera footage showed a thief stealing gas from a truck parked outside the fire safety and protection company, Summit Fire and Protection, before setting his body on fire.

On June 12, thieves stole a catalytic converter and gas from a parked truck just before another thief tried to steal more gas from the vehicle. KSLV-TV.

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“The man tried to get the gas out of it and the siphon didn’t work. So he decided to drill the gas tank and that’s when it caught fire,” branch manager Travis Mills told the outlet. No price. “

The Las Vegas The police department is also warning of physical gas theft.

“These thieves are very sophisticated. They’ll take trucks that look like normal trucks, like freeway service trucks, and they have intricate piping inside,” said Lt. Jeff Swanbeck of the Las Vegas Police Department. The Financial Crimes Branch told KVVU. “They’ll open the gas pump themselves, and there’s a series of gears inside, and they’re smart enough to figure out how to change gears.”

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Leonard explained how thieves endanger themselves when they physically try to steal gas.

“First of all, it’s dangerous for thieves because the fuel burns on steam, it doesn’t burn on liquids.… Fogs are unstable,” he said. “Gas stations have sophisticated vapor recovery systems. Thieves don’t. There are some problems where … at the gas station it’s not dangerous for anyone but the thieves who are extracting fuel.… They’re basically a moving bomb.”

The national average gas price was $ 4.91 per gallon over the weekend, with prices in some western and northeastern states hovering above $ 5 and $ 6 per gallon.

The national average gas price was $ 4.91 per gallon over the weekend, with prices in some western and northeastern states hovering above $ 5 and $ 6 per gallon.
(David Paul Morris / Bloomberg)

Fuel retailers should pay attention to people who are “lingering outside” or “parking on your underground storage tank”.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the national average gas price was $ 4.91 per gallon over the weekend, with some western and northeastern states seeing prices above $ 5 and $ 6 per gallon. California averaged 33 6.33 on Saturday.

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Under Biden, gas prices rose 5 cents overnight and Americans averaged $ 1.82 more than a year ago when the price was $ 3.05 according to the AAA.

The U.S. produced 12 million barrels of crude oil per day for the week ended June 10, according to the latest figures from the Energy Information Administration. By comparison, domestic drillers produced 13.1 million barrels per day in March 2020.

Fox News’ Thomas Katenachi and Houston Keane contributed to the report.