Credit Card Fraud = Bombs on Wheels!

❝ 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.]

4 thoughts on “Credit Card Fraud = Bombs on Wheels!

  1. Pedant says:

    “I looked into the origin of “souped up,” and it turns out that the origin of the term has nothing to do with the automobile and largely predates hot-rod culture, with it first popping up in the dictionary back in 1911 in reference to a “narcotic injected into horses to make them run faster.” In that sense, “soup” was slang for the narcotic involved — you gave the horse “soup,” and thus it was said to be “souped up.” Of course, its slang usage probably was spinning around the American lexicon before it was recorded by Webster.”

  2. Invisible Empire says:

    Cleveland County NC Sheriff’s Office Press Release, December 10 at 12:45 PM ·
    On Saturday December 7, 2019 a deputy with the Community Interdiction Team stopped a tractor trailer driven by a Hispanic male traveling south bound on Interstate 85 for failure to maintain lane and impeding the flow of traffic. Based on the officers training and experience and a K-9 alert, the tractor trailer was moved to a safe location for a search. During the search, approximately 3 million dollars in cash was located in barrels containing raw Pork Shoulders.
    The Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe that the money was headed to the US/Mexican border and also believes the money was a result of drug sales throughout the region.
    https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article238246619.html
    “A ruthless Mexican drug lord’s empire is devastating families with its grip on small-town USA : With unparalleled speed, the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG, has set up shop in cities, towns and unsuspecting communities across America.” Louisville Courier Journal 11/28/19 https://www.courier-journal.com/in-depth/news/crime/2019/11/24/el-menchos-mexican-drug-cartel-cjng-empire-devastating-small-towns/4181733002/

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