Surveillance Video Shows Thieves Steal $13K Worth of Gas at Chevron Station

Surveillance video captured two thieves stealing $13,000 worth of gasoline from a Chevron station overnight on Friday.

The two fuel thieves targeted the H Express Chevron gas station in Fort Worth, Texas. Gas stations across the country have become victims to several gas heists in recent months as consumers face record-high prices at the pump.

The security video, obtained by local news station KXAS-TV, showed a large white box truck and a smaller pickup truck pull into the gas station at about 1:30 a.m.

The smaller truck pulled up to one side of the pump, while the box truck parked on the other side at the time of the apparent robbery.

Thieves steal $13,000 of gasoline
Surveillance video shows two thieves stealing thousands of gallons of gasoline from a Fort Worth Chevron station. Above, a Chevron gas station is seen in Novato, California, in July 2020. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The gas station's owner believes that the box truck was attempting to block the view while the thieves manipulated the pump to avoid paying for the gasoline—though it remains unknown how exactly they were able to do so, the news station reported.

The two thieves stayed at the gas station for about an hour in total, pumping gas from several pumps into tanks in the back of the pickup truck.

Isaiah Herrera, whose family owns the gas station, said he noticed the missing gasoline when he was opening the store that morning.

"What are the police going to do?" he asked the news station. "These people are just going to keep on going around until someone stops them. As long as they're not getting caught, they don't really care what's going on. They are just stopping, hitting and leaving."

Currently, the gas station remains open overnight, even when the convenience store is closed. However, Herrera told another local station, KDFW-TV, that the gas station is considering turning off gas pumps overnight to prevent future robberies.

"This is supposed to be a nice city. You don't expect that kind of stuff here," he said.

In total, the thieves took more than 1,500 gallons of diesel and 1,500 gallons of unleaded fuel throughout the night—totaling to more than $13,000.

In a statement to Newsweek, a Fort Worth police spokesperson wrote that they received a report of the robbery at about 7 a.m. Friday.

"The representative saw on video a moving type box truck pull up to the gas pump and an unknown male was seen getting out and was pumping gas without paying for it," the statement said. The robbery remains under investigation.

The $13,000 adds to the more than $140,000 worth of fuel that has been stolen from gas stations across the United States in recent months.

In Florida, a group of thieves allegedly used a homemade device to steal $60,000 worth of gasoline from two Circle K gas stations in Hillsborough County earlier in April. Police said surveillance footage showed seven trucks cycling through a single gas pump for more than 12 hours. They allegedly used a device to remove the "pump pulsar," which regulates the cost for gallon at the pump.

In March, thieves allegedly stole 5,000 gallons of gasoline from a Colorado gas station. They allegedly stole 2,000 gallons of standard gasoline and about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, worth about $50,000. The store manager Marti Bacatold said she believed some sort of remote was used in the robbery.

Gas prices in the U.S. remained high on Saturday, averaging $4.12 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Still, that number represents a drop from a month ago when gas prices typically cost $4.237 per gallon.

Newsweek reached out to Chevron for comment.