A North Carolina fuel station was burglarized of about 400 gallons of gasoline on Monday. Over 15 cars pulled up and drained 398 gallons of gas at Bizzy Bee Grocery Store as well as Gas Station in High Point after the business had closed.
The very first auto that was brought up seemed to utilize a tool to bypass the payment system– then 15-20 more vehicles got here and also took approximately $1,600 in gas. The manner of the theft suggests prior planning and organization, not dissimilar to the Christmas mass ‘smash and grab‘ that struck Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2021, an event promoted by the local BLM.
The theft continued for 45 mins up until individuals discovered the unusual variety of vehicles at the closed service station and reported it to the authorities.
“I’ve been in business for 15 years and owned other gas stations. I have never seen something like this,” the gas station’s owner Hardik Patel told CNN. “It wasn’t free, they were stealing.”
The report noted that “the incident comes as gas prices have climbed to recent record highs. The national average reached $4.33 a gallon Monday after setting four records in a row last week. As of Thursday morning, the average was $4.29 a gallon, according to AAA.”
The burglary was captured on security video footage, which has currently been released to the general public.
This is surveillance video from the Bizzy Bee Grocery in High Point. I spoke with the owner who says someone stole 400 gallons of gas from there Monday night. @HighPointPolice are investigating @WFMY pic.twitter.com/Xv1t8RhDsw
— Jenna Kurzyna (@JkurzynaTV) March 16, 2022
Patel told local station WFMY, “I got a call from the police department a little after 11 saying that there was something going on with your pumps, and by the time we got here and see, police were here already; about three cops and when we looked on the camera we see about 45 minutes, about 15 to 20 cars in and out and pumping gas.”
Ron Pierce, a cyber security professional with Trinity Solutions, Inc., discussed exactly how this was possible to the news outlet.
“Whoever this was, they knew something about those gas pumps. They either knew how to go in and program or reset them to factory, but they knew a way to say, forget what you know and do what I tell you to do,” Pierce said.
Patel said he will now be shutting off the pumps entirely when the gas station is closed but will also consider shutting down his business altogether if the thefts continue to take a toll on his bottom line.
“If I lose more than I make, there might be some things to think about,” he said.
The High Point Police Department is still investigating the incident, and also no arrests have been made as of this writing. Given the size and brazen nature of this crime, like the events in LA, it could take months for investigators to make arrests and many of the perpetrators may never see justice.