Thieves steal gas in 'pump and dump' multi-million dollar scheme |
The man in the white shirt was pumping gas into an ordinary-looking white van.
But he was no ordinary customer. For one, it took him a long time at the pump.
And then there were the stolen credit cards police say he took out of his
wallet. In the 17 minutes he was at the pump, he used two cards to pump 95
gallons of diesel fuel. What happened at this gas station outside Atlanta is
part of a crime wave around the country, police say. It's called "pump and
dump." Thieves use stolen credit cards to get gas and then sell it at cut-rate
prices to truckers and gas stations that are part of the scheme. Authorities say
it's a multi-million dollar crime with a quick payoff. The criminals look as if
they are pumping gas like any other customer. But their vehicles are vans,
trucks and SUVs fitted with hidden tanks that can hold several hundred gallons.
The hidden tanks range from sophisticated contraptions to a simple plastic or
metal container inside the vehicle. "It's a very lucrative way to make money. It
runs below the radar," said U.S. Secret Service Agent Steve Scarince, who
supervises the agency's Los Angeles Fraud Task Force, and tracks the crime
around the country.
Snohomish, WA Police arrest 3 using aluminum foil to wrap EAS tags
Money-making schemes are a popular topic of conversation among the criminal
community. One such scheme ended in three arrests earlier this month in
Snohomish. A group of suspects was accused of working in tandem, using aluminum
foil to defeat anti-shoplifting devices. The trick is widely known among heroin
addicts who pilfer goods to support their habit, Police Chief John Flood said.
He credited the Nov. 2 bust at the Snohomish Station Kohl's to increased
anti-shoplifting patrols and proactive store security. Snohomish police started
seeing thieves trying the foil ruse about a year ago, Flood said. The crooks
wrap bits of foil around the security tags. "Because they have plenty of foil
around to smoke heroin, they found another use for some of it," Flood said. The
suspects in the Nov. 2 bust were caught with about $1,000 in merchandise, Flood
said. They were arrested for investigation of second-degree retail theft with
special circumstances, a felony offense.
Beaufort Co, SC Sheriff's Office looking for 3 suspects involved in credit card
fraud at Target and TJ Maxx The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is
asking for help identifying three people who used stolen credit cards at a
Target store on Fording Island Road in Bluffton. The sheriff's office says the
cards were stolen from someone at a TJ Maxx at Shelter Cove. Pictures show the
suspects leaving Target, after attempting to make more than $1,000 in
Two Massachusetts Men Arrested For Stealing Meat From Store, Reselling It Pelham,
NH Police say a stolen Meat Ring has been busted. Two men from Massachusetts
were arrested accused of selling stolen meat out of a van to get drug money. For
over a month expensive cuts of meat and seafood vanished from the shelves of
Hannaford Supermarket until a break in the case Monday night. Hannaford's Loss
Prevention called Police to report two suspects, believed to be tied to past
thefts. Nearly $800 of merchandise had already been reported as missing. Police
say additional reports of similar thefts from other area stores are being
Habitual shoplifter blames ancestors
A well-known elderly serial shoplifter, popularly known as umarobane in Victoria
Falls, yesterday blamed his ancestral spirits and his wife for bewitching him
into being a thief.