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Pa. police see increase in gas drive-offs

May 11, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - As the price of a gallon of premium gasoline rose above $2 a gallon last week, Pennsylvania State Police reported several incidents of people avoiding the higher prices by driving off without paying.

n At 4:15 p.m. Friday, police said a man driving a black or blue SUV pumped $25 worth of gas and drove off from the Uni-Mart at 1891 Philadelphia Ave. north of Chambersburg.

n Police said $58.26 worth of gas was stolen from Rutter's Farm Store, 4030 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Pa., at 10:26 p.m. by a man driving a white Dodge Ram truck with a Kyner's Auto Sales decal on the tailgate. The man was described as black, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds with one earring in each ear.

n At noon Wednesday, a man pumped $58.01 into a Chevy truck and drove off from RG's Amoco, 1410 Duron Drive near Scotland, Pa., according to police. The man was described as white, in his 30s and about 5 feet, 4 inches tall wearing a navy blue T-shirt and a baseball cap.

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There were two children in the cab of the truck, police said.

  • A woman driving a Toyota Corolla pumped $7 in gas and left the Sunoco at 3448 Black Gap Road near Scotland at 7:48 a.m., according to police.

  • An undisclosed amount of diesel fuel was stolen Tuesday night or Wednesday morning from a truck tractor parked at Antrim Diesel Service Inc., 47 Commerce Ave., Greencastle, Pa.
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