Thieves drill gas tanks to steal fuel

Tamara Race

Police say it’s a 1970s crime wave all over again. Only this time, thieves drilled into gas tanks instead of siphoning to steal fuel.

Someone cut through a fence at King Collision on Holman Road, drilled holes into gas tanks on a pickup truck and mini-van, and stole 30 to 40 gallons of gas, police said.

The incident was discovered by company officials just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

About five hours later, an 80-year-old Duxbury woman discovered that someone had done the same thing to her car.

Police said the woman parked her car on Aldrin Road Monday night with about three-quarters of a tank of gas.

The tank was empty when she returned to the car about 1 p.m. Tuesday. When she filled it up again, the gas ran out through three holes drilled into the tank, police said.

“This is like back in the gas crisis in the ’70s,” Plymouth Capt. Michael Belmont said. “Only then they used siphons.”

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