COCOA, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - Authorities in Brevard County, Florida said two men have been arrested, accused of stealing gasoline. It happened at a Wawa in Cocoa.. Deputies said the same Wawa has previously been a target of gas theft.
Investigators said a small tour bus had a hidden bladder tank to hold the stolen gas. Deputies also discovered a pickup truck, decoyed at a construction vehicle, which was carrying two hidden bladder tanks, where officials said they discovered 300 gallons of diesel full. Both drivers were taken into custody.
"Part of the thing we're looking at is them using credit cards fraudulently to purchase the gas, enabling them to buy free diesel fuel," said Brevard County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tod Goodyear. "They're not paying for it. It comes off the victim's credit card and they re-sell it at market price."
Gas theft has become so problematic in Brevard County, it has prompted law enforcement to create a special task.