Jerry Thayil, manager at the Houston-based Fuqua Express gas station, told USA Today that the first signs of the alleged theft were uncovered after he noticed a large discrepancy in the diesel fuel. The following day, the same fuel discrepancy was discovered in addition to surveillance footage showing a minivan parked over the gas station’s tank inlets in a suspicious manner.
The alleged theft reportedly took place over the span of three days whereby the minivan used what Thayil is describing as a “trap door inside their vehicle.”
“The van drives on top of the fuel tank. That’s all you see,” he said. Thayil estimates the fuel theft amounted to about $5,000.