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Americans stealing gas, reselling it amid record prices: 'There's no Robin Hood in this'

Americans stealing gas, reselling it amid record prices: 'There's no Robin Hood in this'

Americans stealing gas, reselling it amid record prices: 'There's no Robin Hood in this'
Jun 27, 2022 1 min, 47 secs

Thieves across the United States are stealing gas, either by physically taking gas from pumps and other vehicles or by hacking gas retailers' networks, as fuel prices hit record highs.

And while the gas thieves might think they're doing drivers a favor by reselling stolen gas at a discount, experts say gas thieves aren't exactly sticking it to the man the way they think they are.

Thieves put themselves in danger when they attempt to physically steal gas. .

The cost of theft gets passed on in higher prices, and when people are driving around with unsecured stolen fuel, it is a concern to anybody.".

To protect themselves from cyberattacks, fuel retailers should make sure their networks are up-to-date and properly secured so that their technology infrastructure has no vulnerabilities, or weaknesses allowing hackers to infiltrate their networks and steal or change information.

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

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Thieves are "getting access to the pump and…either somehow overriding the system, whether physically or electronically, and resetting prices to be extremely low, or keeping that the transaction open where multiple people can go through the same transaction," Lenard explained.

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Lenard explained how thieves put themselves in danger when they attempt to physically steal gas. 

"First off, it's dangerous to the thieves because fuel burns on vapor, it doesn't burn on liquid

There are certain issues where … it's not dangerous at the gas station for anybody but the thieves who are siphoning fuel

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 a gallon

Fuel retailers should look out for people who are "lingering outside" or "parking over your underground storage tank" for extended periods of time

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 a gallon, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA)


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