Gas thieves strike in Everett
Jun 14, 2023, 4:49 PM | Updated: Jun 15, 2023, 9:26 am
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Everett police nabbed two gas thieves in the act Tuesday morning.
Police spokesperson Ora Hammel says an alert citizen called 911 to report two men who were attempting to steal gas in the 2800 block of Baker Street.
Officers arrived and witnessed the men drilling into a vehicle’s tank. Hammel says “They were pretty oblivious to the arrival of police and the officers were able to arrest them.”
The men were later booked into the Snohomish County Jail for theft and malicious mischief.
Gas thefts are expected to increase as prices rise, according to Hammel.
“When gas goes up, we see more cases and vice versa. So being that gas prices are looking to be on the rise again, I think we’re seeing more cases as it starts to pick up in reflection of that.”
Everett police previously warned residents about a rise in gas thefts last March.
Gas theft isn’t just inconvenient—it can also hit your wallet hard, according to Hammel. “It can cost quite a bit if victims have to replace their gas tank.”
How can you protect yourself from gas theft?
Some tips from the Everett Police Department and Kelly Blue Book on how to protect yourself:
- Park your vehicle indoors or in a garage
- Otherwise, park in a well-lit and frequently traveled area
- Position your car so the fuel door faces the road
- Invest in a locking gas cap
- Do not drive with a damaged gas tank