Gas siphoned out of carpool vans parked in local overnight lots
–Two carpool vans, one parked at the local Walmart and one at the train station, had gas siphoned out of their tanks overnight Monday, according to Aera Energy employee Wendy Mead.
Mead and her fellow employees use carpool vans to head out to work in the San Ardo oil fields. They discovered that the gas had been siphoned early Tuesday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. Mead said that the thieves cut the gas line from underneath the car to siphon the gas.
Paso Robles Police Lieutenant Ty Lewis said that gas siphoning “happens from time to time.” He said that cars parked overnight are more often the target for gas thieves. In the last two months, there has been two other instances reported to the police of gas siphoning: there was an incident on Oct. 28 on Stoney Creek Road, and an instance where six vans had gas siphoned from them while parked at the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Office parking lot on Nov. 6.
Mead said Aera Energy did not file a police report, as the amount of gas stolen didn’t translate to a large amount of money lost.