Two men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing hundreds of gallons of gasoline from two high desert gas stations this week.
Surveillance video of an incident in the early hours of Wednesday showed a man breaking into a petrol station at a Shell petrol station in Pinion Hills before inhaling petrol into a large container hidden in the back of a pickup truck.
“The suspect appears to have pried open the gas pump, then used a device to control the system and pumped approximately 200 gallons of gasoline.”
“Their trucks have a fuel tank hidden in the truck chassis, and of course the truck chassis is covered.”
But Herta said others at the gas station saw what happened and called 911.
“Our representatives received a call from a witness who believed two suspects at the gas station may have stolen gasoline. When our representatives arrived, they found the suspects were still there.”
Daniel Ramosantoyo, 23, and Andres Beirut, 23, both from Santa Ana, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, theft and vandalism. Through their investigation, detectives said they were able to link the suspect to a major petrol theft at a Shell petrol station in Phelen two days earlier.
“Our reps can’t be in every corner all the time,” Hueta said. “We really rely on the public if they see something to say and that’s usually how we solve crimes.”
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