Innovative thieves find new way to get gas

Gas is expensive – and more tempting to thieves, apparently.

Authorities this month have seen a flurry of gas thefts.

Cut fuel lines on county vehicles turned up twice recently at the Mecklenburg Department of Social Services on Billingsley Road. Five cars or trucks were hit June 7, and another six with cut fuel lines were discovered June 11.

Also on June 11, police received a report of a cut fuel line on a vehicle parked at a realty company on Greenwich Road, not far from Billingsley.

An employee at the business, who asked not to be named, said it has happened four times since early May. The target is a truck that the company uses for clients.

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