Gasoline Thefts on the Rise 

(AP) – So are the numbers of gas thefts. As the price of gas remains above $3 a gallon, police say they are getting more reports of drivers filling their tanks and taking off without paying.

Augusta police Sergeant Mark Desjardin says his department has gotten 26 gas theft complaints since the start of October. At a Lukoil station in Augusta, general manager Victor Refai says drive-offs are happening almost every day even though employees ask that drivers prepay for their purchases. He says if his cashiers are busy, some motorists will simply drive off after filling up.