CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are warning the public about a recent rash of gas theft. Since May, there have been nine reported cases from Halawa Valley to East Oahu. Most of the thefts occurred during the night hours.
Thieves are targeting parked vehicles with plastic tanks, particularly SUV’s and pick-up trucks. The plastic tanks are easier to drill into and there is a less chance of a catastrophic spark. Siphoning is still the most common theft tactic.
There have been no arrests made. Anyone caught, could face theft charges.
To avoid falling victim, park in a garage or a well-lit area; do not park on the street; for added security, install a motion-detecting light on your garage or on your house. Also, if you see any suspicious activity, call police.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone. Free cellular calls are provided by AT&T, Nextel Hawaii, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Hawaii, Mobi PCS, and Hawaiian Telcom. The public may now send anonymous text and web tips. Text “CS808” plus your message to 274637 or CRIMES
CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.
Do not approach any suspect. All suspects and wanted fugitives should be considered armed and dangerous. All calls are confidential and anonymous. CrimeStoppers rewards are not paid to persons who participate in a crime, or are victims of a crime, or in missing person cases. Be a CrimeStopper and call the hot line at 955-8300 or *Crime on your cellular telephone. Access the CrimeStoppers website at http://www.honolulucrimestppers.org029/13