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Police: Thieves use trap door in minivan to steal diesel fuel

Police: Thieves use trap door in minivan to steal diesel fuel
Houston police say suspects used this minivan, believed to be equipped with a trap door in the bottom, to steal hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. (Courtesy: KPRC)

HOUSTON — Houston police say suspects in a minivan used a trap door in its floorboard to steal hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel recently.

Jerry Thayil, who manages Fuqua Express gas station on Houston’s southwest side, told Houston NBC station KPRC that he first noticed something was wrong while doing inventory checks.

A check on the store’s security cameras showed a dark-colored minivan parking over the store’s fuel storage tanks on multiple occasions, the report said.

“At first we were like, ‘I wonder what he’s doing there,’ because we didn’t see anyone get out of the vehicle. But then, we realized there’s probably a trap door inside the vehicle and he’s pumping like that,” Thayil told KPRC.

Thayil said the family-owned business was hit three times for about 350 gallons of diesel per day. On the fourth attempt, Thayil tried to chase down the driver, who sped away.

 

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Houston police are searching for this minivan in connection with diesel fuel thefts. (Courtesy: KPRC)
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