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Fuel thieves drill into gas tanks of Chandler cars in driveways

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:51 am | Updated: 4:01 pm, Fri Oct 5, 2012.

Gasoline thieves are targeting cars parked overnight in driveways and this time, they’re stealing the fuel by drilling into the gas tank.

Chandler police confirm this type of theft has occurred at least three times in the past week to vehicles near Kyrene and Ray Roads.

It appears more people are victims, they just don’t know it.

ABC15 found a probable fourth victim who assumed his car’s tank just deteriorated to the point of creating a hole.

He discovered the leak Friday morning when he went to fill-up at the gas station.

“It will literally pour out from underneath this tire and flood,” said the Chandler man who asked us not to use his name.

ABC15 became aware of the criminal activity when one of our employees learned she was a victim.

She sent her SUV to get repaired and the mechanic pointed out the two drilled holes.

The thefts may not be isolated to Chandler since that neighborhood borders Tempe.

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