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HURST, Texas -- When Latif Abdul opened his Hurst Food Mart and Conoco Service Station, his alarm system indicated that at 2:48 am Monday morning, its storage tanks had 2,700 gallons of unleaded gas removed from them.
The gas, valued at approximately $8,000, was most likely removed and put in a large tanker truck, said Hurst police Sgt. Craig Teague to The Dallas Morning News.
"It would be pure speculation, but you can't go down there in a pickup truck and get that much," he told The Dallas Morning News.
Teague told CSNews Online "I don't know what you'd do with 2,700 gallons of gas…I would guess they would resell it."
The store closed on Sunday with 6,200 gallons of gas in its storage tanks. Abdul noticed the next morning that the lock was missing from the storage tanks. Teague told CSNews Online that there are no video surveillance or other security systems at the location, just "a missing lock from the storage tank," he said. "We don't know if it was cut or unlocked, it's gone."
"I've never heard of somebody stealing that much gas," he told The Dallas Morning News. He told CSNews Online that there have been previous thefts of 500 gallons in Texas before, but never has this much gas "vaporized" into thin air.