These criminals lug huge amounts of stolen gas across South Florida’s roadways, hiding hundreds of gallons in modified trucks and SUVs.
Authorities refer to the gas thieves’ converted trucks as moving bombs because of the hazard they pose if one were to crash and explode. “They’re out there, they’re so common — trying to blend with people who go to work every day,” said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Alexis Otano. “God forbid one of these vehicles gets into an accident…”
Since pulling over his first bladder truck in 2017, Trooper Otano has become an expert in identifying the modified trucks as they trundle down South Florida’s roads, laden with stolen diesel fuel.
According to him, the trucks function like “mobile gas stations,” their drivers using stolen credit card numbers to siphon off gas for free and then resell it to truckers in depots or to construction companies and tradesmen.
RTFA. Alas, such was part of my misspent youth. I recall – not fondly – driving a souped-up 1938 Ford Pickup from Western Massachusetts down to Danbury, Connecticut, with 200 gallons of high test in the hollow bed of the truck.
Pay was great…for a sixteen-year-old. A hundred buck$ in 1954. Still, good sense prevailed and I only did it one time. [That truck up top is only for illustration BTW.]