GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Glendale police said Thursday there have been at least nine reports of gas siphoning from vehicles in the southern portion of the city.
“They’ve got a little creative in that they go underneath the vehicle they cut the gas line at the tank they stick a hose in at that point,” Sgt. Don Belleville, of the Glendale Police Department, said.
Police say the new method allows thieves to steal gas from newer model vehicles that have tamper-proof tanks.
In other cases, thieves have used a screw to pierce and drain a gas tank or a garden hose.
According to officials, criminals are targeting trucks and SUVs built between 2004 and 2012.
“They are higher off the ground. A compact car like a Toyota or a Nissan that are low to the ground make it difficult to get a gas tank underneath it,” Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Motorists are advised to park vehicles in garages or in well lit areas.
No suspect information was released.