In hard time, theft becomes too easy for some
The Kansas City Star
In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, gas thieves pushed a hose down gas tanks and siphoned off valuable fuel from motorists’ parked cars.
Locked gas caps helped curtail that practice. Fill-ups and drive-offs without paying at gas stations had been a problem. But pay before pumping or purchases with credit or debit cards solved that.
Now thieves — becoming ever more clever — are putting devices inside gas pumps to get consumers’ credit and debit card information, which they then use to drain people’s bank accounts. The Kansas City Star reports this East and West coast problem has made its way to the Midwest.
Scammers are pushing people back to a cash-and-carry society.