It’s been said that desperate times lead to desperate measures.
And the desperation is palpable across the country, all because of failed leftist policies and now the double whammy of Joe Biden’s “leadership.”
But now skyrocketing gas prices are leading to an increase in this crazy crime in one Democrat-run state.
According to the Fontana, California Police Department, because of skyrocketing gas prices, thieves have been drilling into gas tanks to swipe fuel.
The department explained the problem and admitted residents’ concerns in a social media post, saying, “Due to the increasing gasoline prices, Fontana residents now worry about thieves drilling into vehicle gas tanks to steal fuel. On 06/08/22, officers responded to the parking lot of Shakey’s Pizza to look for suspects stealing gasoline from the victim’s car. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a black pickup truck with a tarp in the back. Officers arrived, but the suspects were already gone. Later in the evening, a patrol Officer located a matching vehicle in a nearby residential neighborhood. The truck took off at high speed as the officer attempted to contact the vehicle’s occupants. The pursuit lasted several minutes before terminating at a railroad yard in the City of Bloomington.”
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Eventually the suspects surrendered and were later found to have had multiple outstanding warrants.
Both suspects were booked into the West Valley Detention Center.
Gas prices have recently topped $5 per gallon nationally, with prices in California often $1 to $3 higher per gallon compared to the national average.
Breitbart News says, “The record-high prices come as President Joe Biden has waged a war on American oil, which includes driving up private and public financing costs of oil drilling, halting drilling on public lands, and canceling the Keystone pipeline.”
In an unrelated incident in Florida, The St. Cloud Police Department said two people stole almost 1,100 gallons of fuel from a Florida gas station earlier this month.
According to local police, officers responded when 1,093 gallons of diesel was allegedly taken from a gas station.
Fontana Police say these incidents are increasing and warn, “While some thieves use rubber hoses to siphon fuel out, we are witnessing modern-day thieves use power tools to drill a hole in the gas tank and steal fuel. The cost of damage to the gas tank far exceeds that of the gasoline, and we recommend that you park your vehicle in a garage or well-lit and high-traveled area to help deter would-be thieves.”
Hopefully for innocent motorists, prices come down at the pump soon, and that puts a stop to these strange crimes that weren’t even on the radar two years ago.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.