Police arrest 2 men accused of gas theft
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested a pair of fuel thieves in Miami Gardens after spotting them siphoning gas into a fuel cell inside their vehicle, Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports, on July 17, employees at a Hess Gas Station on 20901 N.W. 2nd Ave. observed a Mitsubishi Galant parked over the cover of a diesel reservoir for a long period of time on two separate occasions. They then conducted an inventory of their fuel capacity levels and noticed a shortage of approximately $2,500.
Early Tuesday morning, officers were fueling their marked units at the Hess station, when an officer observed a Mitsubishi Gallant with the same description parked over a diesel reservoir cover.
The officers approached the driver and observed another passenger lying in the back seat. They then searched the vehicle and found a large fuel cell inside the trunk as well as a long hose coiled up beneath a seat, along with a hidden trap door in the car's floor board.
Police arrested both men and charged them with grand theft and improper conveyance of fuel. The suspects were identified as 28-year-old Andy Lorenzo Machado and 36-year-old Rigoberto Hastie Veliz.
They remain in police custody.
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