A good friend of mine works in a supermarket fuel station nearby.last week they had a drive off,quite a regular occurrence.this one was different.2 young blokes in a 59 plate Passat estate,tried filling 4 x 25 litre containers in the boot of the vehicle,got approached by another member of staff who stopped them and they only filled one and sped off.
He was telling me they don’t tackle or stop the thieves because the police very rarely deal with it and if they do catch them about only 1% go to court and find of sentence is very minimal and don’t even cover cost of stolen fuel,police and court costs.shocking I thought!! Then comes the rest of the story,unbelievable!!
On this occasion the vehicle was registered to the owners home address.they were already there for another crime.he denied it but had also been caught for same offence in reading,wokingham,newbury and basingstoke areas! when searching the rented property which the driver shared with his partner and child they found buried in the ground under the patio decking 30 x 205 litre drums full of diesel,over £7500 worth of stolen fuel!!!!
They are being evicted from the property and he is looking at a possible prison sentence,you couldn’t make this up,what goes through these peoples minds??
He was also saying there is in excess of 1.5 million pounds of stolen fuel roughly each year. What is this country coming too?