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Fontana P.D. arrests suspects who allegedly drilled into car’s gas tank to steal gasoline | News

Due to the rising price of gasoline, Fontana residents now have a new concern: thieves drill into vehicle gas tanks to steal fuel.

One such incident occurred on June 8, but it ended with the arrest of the two suspects after a lengthy pursuit, the Fontana Police Department said.

Officers responded to the parking lot of a pizza restaurant in Fontana to look for suspects who had stolen gasoline from the victim’s car. The suspects’s vehicle was described as a black truck with a tarp in the rear. Officers arrived, but the suspects had already left.

However, later in the evening, a patrol officer found a similar vehicle in a nearby residential neighborhood.

The truck picked up at high speed as the officer tried to contact the occupants of the vehicle. The chase lasted several minutes before ending in a railroad yard in Bloomington.

After a foot chase, the suspects realized they had nowhere to go and surrendered, the DP said in a Facebook post.

The two suspects were not residents of San Bernardino county and had multiple unsolved orders for their arrest, police said. They were later arrested at the West Valley Detention Center.

“With the sharp and rapid rise in gas pump prices, cities across Southern California have seen an increase in gas theft,” the Facebook post said. “While some thieves use rubber hoses to extract fuel, we are witnessing modern-day thieves using electric tools to drill a hole in a gas tank and steal fuel. The cost of damaging a gas tank is much higher than that of a gas tank and we recommend that you park your vehicle in a well-lit garage or area with plenty of travel to help prevent potential burglars. If you see or hear suspicious activity near your vehicle, call 911 immediately.

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