Video: Stupid gas thief pays for his misdeed, catches fire after drilling hole in truck’s tank

A would-be gas thief paid dearly for his misdeed over the weekend when he caught fire when he drilled a hole in a truck’s gas tank at a Salt Lake City store.

It was all captured on surveillance video in broad daylight Saturday morning. KSL TV reports — appropriately at Summit Fire & Security.

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The video shows the crook under a work truck on the side where the gas tank is, the station said, adding that a white pickup truck was parked next to the work truck.

Suddenly, the thief with his shirt on fire appears and appears in front of both trucks, rolling on the surface of the parking lot and trying to put out the flames.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

The guy rolled over about 10 times before the flames went out, after which he removed his charred shirt and ran into the white pickup truck, which the driver pulled up to pick him up.

The screenshot below shows what appears to be a red gas canister left under the truck as smoke billows from below – and the hapless would-be thief is about to take off his shirt:


Image source: YouTube screenshot

“Some people try to make everything easy,” branch manager Travis Mills told KSL as the surveillance clip played.

Mills added to the station that the crook “was trying to siphon gas out of it and he couldn’t get the siphon to work. So he decided to drill the gas tank and then it caught fire.”

He added to KSL that “the reason he’s fleeing is because if there was more than a gallon of gas in it, this thing absolutely would have turned into a bomb. It’s sad because times are tough for a lot of people, but it’s not worth the $5 he would have saved for the injury the guy sustained.”

In addition, the company has suffered catalyst theft and burglary several times in recent years, the broadcaster said.

The outfit even installed a $30,000 security system ahead of Saturday’s incident, KSL reported. “It was expensive,” Mills added to the broadcaster.

Now the attempted petrol theft is throwing her back even more financially.

The truck is now off the road because of its damaged gas tank, KSL said, and replacing the tank will be costly — if a replacement tank can be found.

“Horrible expense,” Mills added of the station. “We immediately have downtime with our boys.”

One more thing?

Salt Lake City Fire Marshal Division Chief Tony Allred told KSL, “With gas prices in the valley and across the country, we’re seeing an increase in gasoline theft.”

Allred added to the station that “drilling into a tank is extraordinarily dangerous” as the drill, the drill, or even static electricity could set off an explosion.

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