While advertising discount gas on social media, two alleged thieves illegally stole thousands of dollars worth of fuel from an overnight gas station, Virginia Beach police said.
The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) on Thursday announced the arrest of Russo Griffith, 24, and Devon Drumgule, 21, of Norfolk, on charges of burglary, conspiracy and possession of burglary. More charges may be pending as the investigation continues, police said.
Authorities responded Tuesday to reports of suspicious activity at the Sitgo gas station in the 1400 block of North Great Neck Road, which was closed at the time. Authorities said they saw a number of vehicles and individuals pumping petrol at the property.
Police said that during the preliminary investigation, it was determined that equipment was being used to illegally enter the gas pumps.
The individuals were then selling the gas station at a discounted price through a phone application and had advertised the operation on social media, according to the department. Thousands of dollars worth of gasoline was stolen from the business in several days, police said.
The department said the VBPD Detective Bureau’s investigation is active and that gas stations that have been closed overnight should review security camera footage from the past few weeks so that they do not fall victim.
The Virginia Beach Police Department said in a statement that “these businesses are recommended to take extra precautions to ensure that this does not happen to them in the future.”
Anyone with information about this or a similar case is asked to contact the VBPD Detective Bureau at 757-385-4101 or the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers anonymously at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or P3tips.com.
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The arrests were made when national average gas prices reached $ 5 per gallon. On Sunday, the average price of a gallon of gasoline fell slightly below the 5 threshold for the second day in a row, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).