A Shell station located in California similar to the one that was robbed recently. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)
Police have captured the man who is responsible for the robbery of over $4,500 worth of gas that was stolen from a California gas station over the span of three days or four days last week.
Police are still searching for the criminal's female partner who assisted him with the crimes.
The duo reportedly stole the gas over the course of three or four days when the station was closed for business. How the crooks stole the gas exactly is not currently known.
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The thieves simply pulled up next to one of the pumps at a Shell gas station, and just started filling a large amount of fuel into the tanks located in the bed of his truck. The total gas stolen during the robbery was reportedly over 1,110 gallons.
It is believed the criminals stole the gas under the intention to sell it on the black market.
"He knew what he was doing obviously," said store employee Cory Cookson to ABC News. "He got inside the pumps, bypassed it so he could just take as much gas as he wanted."
This robbery could be attributed to the fact that California drivers have had to deal with drastic gas price increases during the past four days. Police are currently trying to figure out whether or not the thieves were intending on selling it to people for a cheaper price then they were being charged or for more money.
The gas station pumps have been kept off at night since the robberies took place, which is losing a lot of money for the gas station due to the fact that customers can't purchase gas themselves after the owner Tony Sandhu and other workers go home for the night.
Sandhu doesn't know quite how he is going to recover from the money he has lost due to the robberies, and how long he will be able to keep the business open if he has to continue to turn off the pumps at night. He does hope though that his ordeal is a lesson to other gas stations around the country from allowing the same mistake from happening.
"I don't know if we can recover that money or not, but at least those people should go to jail," said Sandhu.