NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA)   — With gas prices soaring, thieves are doing their best to get a fill-up without going to the pump.

Gas siphoning is back.

As KCAL9’s Stacey Butler reports, people in Newport Beach are waking up to a new reality.

“From inside of my house, I could see something was on the asphalt,” says one man, who didn’t want to be identified. “I went over, check it, my gas cap was wide open. I went over, and noticed they siphoned about a quarter tank of my gas.”

The homeowner says he was targeted twice by gas thieves in front of his home in a two-day period.

He never thought his 1990 Chevy Blazer would catch the attention of thieves. But later model cars without locking gas caps make for easy targets.

He posted a warning to his neighbors on the NextDoor app and was overwhelmed by the number of responses.

One neighbor wrote, “Happened to me, too. Except they broke off the inside of my gas funnel. A $500 fix.”

Another posted, “I has gas siphoned from my car sometime in the middle of the night Sunday.”

Siphoning gas is not new. The 70s called and they want their crime back.

“If they’re doing this at two or three o’clock in the morning, that just shows you what kind of activity is going on in this general area when everybody’s sound asleep.”

Gas prices are the highest they have been in three years and experts see them going higher.

Says Oscar Camacho, “It’s insane that it’s $4 now. I’d rather ride my bike.”

Comments (18)
  1. lol – is the increase because of higher gas prices – reporter is a mental giant/investigative journalist extraordinaire!!

  2. Rich Charts says:

    Were they siphoning 4 years ago when it was last at that price?

  3. I wonder if Ford will still be getting all of their cars, saying that people permanently want only trucks and SUV’s No bailout please for them

    1. Ford never took a bailout last time…. This would be a first for them.

  4. Gasoline is about to become Non-Existence – The Oil is just about gone ! Get a Bicycle and a Horse !

    1. You are wrong.

      In the news:

      >”U.S. oil production recently broke another record, jumping to 10.619 million barrels per day (mb/d) in the last week in April, and the sky seems to be the limit for U.S. shale drillers. However, the fate of U.S. oil, and ultimately a large slice of total additional output for the entire world, is all predicated on aggressive forecasts from one place: the Permian Basin.

      >Total global oil production is expected to rise by 6.4 mb/d by 2023, according to the International Energy Agency.

      There is your opinion and then there are facts. Facts win.

  5. Liberal California and their taxes. Ripping your pockets out so they can give the illegal aliens free tuition, jobs, homes, education and everything else that YOU have to work for. It’s probably illegal aliens stealing the gas too.

  6. Tim Brew says:

    You can’t get a hose into most modern tanks so thieves will ruin the entire tank by drilling a hole into the bottom of it.

  7. Since one of the largest increases in price was the Brown tax I wonder if the state will charge those losing the gas additional for lost gas tax.

  8. We used to call that an “Oklahoma Credit Card.”

  9. Remember when Mexifornistan was called “The Golden State”? Gotta love what Demmunists can do to a place. It’s positively Utopian.

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