Police: 2 men arrested after hacking gas pump, selling fuel to drivers at half price
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR) - Police have arrested two men for a bizarre crime in Virginia Beach.
Authorities said two men hacked into a gas pump to make it dispense fuel at no charge and sold the gas to motorists after the station closed at half price.
Virginia Beach police report that the men used a remote device to hack the pumps and got the word out about the fuel for sale via social media.
“Citizens were purchasing the gas through a cash app,” said Lt. Brad Wesseler with the Virginia Beach Police Department.
The owner of the Citgo gas station said he had noticed missing fuel last week, but what or how it was happening was a mystery.
“Everything on his end appeared to be normal. So, there was nothing obvious that gas was being taken,” Wesseler said.
But now, the owner is out nearly $14,000.
“It’s a very nice crew here at this station. I’m disappointed that this had to happen,” said motorist Debbie Keeling.
Virginia Beach police arrested Rashane Griffith and Devon Drumgoole regarding the incident. They’re charged with grand larceny as well as conspiracy.
Authorities also said the drivers who got the gas could be facing charges.
“This is something that we’re not familiar with, and we want to basically make sure we protect the store owners so this doesn’t happen again,” Wesseler said.
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