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Drill, baby, drill: Gas thieves try risky method

A North Kitsap gas thief's strategy of drilling vehicle tanks to steal fuel may be more dangerous than siphoning.

Two incidents near Poulsbo were reported last week and one earlier this month. One victim theorized that when the thief, or thieves, could not siphon the two gallons of gas they opted to drill a nearly half-inch hole to drain the tank empty.

None resulted in fires or explosions, but Kitsap Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said the potential exists. Although such methods are not unheard of, Wilson said they are rare.

“Most people are savvy enough to realize if they take a metal drill and start drilling on metal there could be a spark, and if there is a spark there could be an explosion,” Wilson said.

On Wednesday an employee at the Twelve Trees Business Park at 26268 Twelve Trees Lane reported a fuel theft from a company vehicle. A deputy noted the thief had apparently tried drilling into a locked gas cap, but was unsuccessful.

“They then drilled the hole in the bottom,” the deputy wrote.

On Thursday a man reported his truck, parked on the 5900 block of NE Minder Road, had its gas tank drilled. The man told deputies it will cost $750 to have his truck fixed.

The two thefts mirror a gas theft earlier this month in the Port Gamble area.

On Nov. 11, an employee of Olympic Property Group reported a gas theft from a company truck parked on the 4100 block of NE Carver Dr. The employee later reported the cost to replace the tank would be almost $900. The thief stole about $60 worth of gas.

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