Stolen gas pumped in water bottles at Riverside station; 1 arrested
February 3, 2013 (RIVERSIDE, Ill.) (WLS) -- Police in west suburban Riverside have arrested a man accused of getting creative to steal gas.
They say Darius Williams, 35, and another man turned off the device on a pump that measures the amount of gas and money at a 7-Eleven store in January.
According to authorities, Williams allegedly filled up his car, as well as several five-gallon water bottles with gas.
In fact, police say the men had done this before and would sell stolen gas on Chicago's West Side.
"The defendant in this case gave a full statement that he and another individual known as 'Mike the Gas Man' conceived this plan to steal gasoline and then sell it...They would both go to gas stations in Chicago or abandoned parking lots near service stations in Chicago and offer to sell up to 5 gallons of gasoline for $10," Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel was quoted in a news release.
The other offender only known as "Mike the Gas Man" was still at large Sunday.
Williams was charged with one count of retail theft of motor fuel and criminal damage to property, the release said.
- Chicago Weather: Snow creates messy commute 1 min ago
- Allan Kustok found guilty in wife's 2010 murder
- I-Team: Illinois state spy secret revealed
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast 29 min ago
- Son goes on trial in man's beating, stabbing death 5 min ago
- 3 people shot in car at 76th, Stony Island
- Retired CPD sergeant hospitalized after East Side shooting
- Appeals court accepts transcripts of Blago FBI wiretaps
- Repairs to city's aging sewer, water lines under way 23 min ago
- Combat Hate app launches in Chicago
- Olympic medalist welcomed back to Buffalo Grove school
- Ed Burke reflects after over 40 years as alderman 22 min ago
- Polar plunge raises over $1M for Special Olympics
- abcnews: Obama Shops At The Gap
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast
29 min ago