Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Gas thieves living dangerously

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[March 26, 2011]  The Lincoln Police Department is investigating multiple thefts of gasoline from vehicles in Lincoln. The thief or thieves are doing it dangerously, however, and police are concerned the ill-devised thievery could result in a fire or explosion.

The first gas theft was reported on March 14 in the 1700 block of Tremont Street. The second theft was reported on March 22 in the 1200 block of North Ottawa. The vehicles were parked in the driveways of the residences.

According to police, the suspect or suspects drilled a hole in the bottom of the gas tanks and drained the gasoline from the vehicles. This is a very dangerous method of obtaining gasoline from the vehicle as a small spark could ignite the gasoline, causing a fire or explosion.

Two more incidents of stolen gas from drilled gas tanks were reported on March 24. Those were in the 200 block of Oglesby Avenue and the 200 block of 10th Street.

[Text from Lincoln Police Department]

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