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Thieves target gas tank at local San Diego business

Posted at 6:19 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 21:19:44-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- Thieves hit a well-known business causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Bill Howe Plumbing, located on Aero Drive, had their work trucks vandalized as thieves steal gas from the gas tanks.

Fleet manager Rhett Wheeler says the business has been targeted at least three times in the last month.

“Its a shock that someone will crawl underneath a car with a drill, drill a hole in a gas tank, to steal a couple of gallons of gasoline,” says Wheeler.

Thieves have damaged at least 10 vehicles, costing the family-owned company around $15,000 in damages.

“We end up losing a truck for two or three days per occurrence,” says Wheeler.

Wheeler is urging everyone, including businesses, to check their vehicles of leaking gas before driving off. The company has reported the incidents to police. Managers are also working on more security measures for the future.