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Gas Prices Gone Crazy: Thieves Steal Gas By Drilling Into Tanks

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Gas prices are rising, and we're all already feeling it at the pump. Political instability abroad and economic instability at home seem to be conspiring to suck our wallets dry as fast as our gas tanks. But now some enterprising thieves are hurrying the process along, drilling into the tanks of parked cars to steal their refined payload.

The area around Fort Mill, SC, just southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina, is apparently feeling the pinch at the pump more acutely than elsewhere. Five incidents of drill-wielding gas theft have come out of South Carolina's York County, according to the local Sheriff's Office.

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Drills in hand, the thieves pounce at night, stealing the gas, leaving the tanks in need of repair. Some of the owners of the cars vandalized thus far hadn't realized the full scope of the matter until the car was at the repair shop--likely after discovery by the mechanic.

The thefts have so far been localized to five streets in the Baxter Village and Bailiwyck areas of Fort Mill. If you're in those areas, you might want to boost security on your car in a visible manner to deter the thieves and avoid a costly repair--and another fill-up.

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  1. I wouldn't drill into a gas tank until gas hit $6/gallon.
     
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  2. I'll start sucking it through the tube at $8 unless I pick up my LEAF before then...
     
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  3. Isn't the threat of a spark igniting the gas into a fire bomb high when this is done?
     
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  4. yeap.
     
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  5. Richard--actually, liquid gas isn't all that flammable. It needs to be atomized or vaporized and mixed with enough oxygen to ignite. If the tank is full, or at least has enough in it to clear the bit, there's not much risk of explosion. Also, many modern gas tanks are made of plastic encapsulated in steel.
    If the tank were made of metal and bone dry, however, yes, the residual fumes could ignite and cause an explosion.
    Either way, it's a dirty practice.
     
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  6. Gas itself doesn't ignite, the fumes do. If you drill the bottom you should be ok.
     
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  7. In Australia its heading to $1.50 AUS / L thats about $5.67 US / gallon
    Source : http://www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au/fuelwatch/pages/home.jspx
     
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  8. You american bitches your gas is dirt cheap, for $30 worth of gas in america I can run my car for 2 weeks, over here in the UK £30 (Aproximately $50) I can only run my car for 5 days!
    Also the capcha below is uber gay!
     
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  9. The typical gasoline cost is increasing in every state in the United States It is all however guaranteed to hit $4 per gallon by summer. I found this here: Gas price raises nationwide fueling speculation of energy crisis Gas costs have been rising, due to unrest in Middle Eastern nations and Libya slowing oil exports and driving the price of oil up. There are questions the U.S. government will tap its reserves to help ease industry problems.
     
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