Thieves use hi-tech methods, steal gas


POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 9:56am

Truck stop managers in West Baton Rouge are upset and on alert, as thieves have stolen thousands of gallons worth of diesel fuel, amounting to huge losses for their bottom line.

"It's bad enough trying to keep our margins," said Charles Naretta, manager at Super Lucky Louie's. "Much less losing diesel right through the pump without getting paid for it."

Thieves pry off a panel on the gas pump, and attach the wires inside to a homeade pulsator device that slows down the price-you-pay meter, but the gas continues flowing at normal speed from the pump. Gas flows at 60 gallons a minute, but only registers at three gallons a minute.

At Super Lucky Louie's, they've been hit five times in October, amounting to thousands in losses.

"Over 2,000 worth of diesel stolen," said Summer Vielee-Shaw, co-owner at Super Lucky Louie's. "Totaling $9,000 missing from profits."

After figuring out what was happening, the store installed a solid steel box around the point of entry. And high-tech security cameras are next. All attempts to stay one step ahead of a crook, in this evolving game of cat-and-mouse.

"Now it's our turn to be one step ahead," said Vielee-Shaw.

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