Petrol si­phoned from parked cars

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A num­ber of Mt Eden and Eden Ter­race res­i­dents have been get­ting into the driver’s seat to find their pre­vi­ously full petrol tank is in­ex­pli­ca­bly empty.

At least eight cases of petrol be­ing stolen di­rectly from fuel tanks in the area have been re­ported to po­lice in re­cent weeks.

Cars parked on res­i­den­tial streets are be­ing tar­geted, po­lice say. Most of the thefts are hap­pen­ing be­tween 10pm and 7am.

Thieves are tak­ing fuel by get­ting un­der cars and cut­ting fuel lines and si­phon­ing or drain­ing petrol into a con­tainer.

‘‘This would take some time and would re­quire a per­son to be act­ing as a look­out while one per­son is un­der­neath the car,’’ a let­ter sent to res­i­dents says.

Vic­tims are be­ing left with ex­pen­sive re­pair bills.

Po­lice are ad­vis­ing ve­hi­cle own­ers to park their cars in a well-lit place, prefer­ably off of the street, and con­sider sen­sor lights or other se­cu­rity mea­sures. Sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity should be re­ported im­me­di­ately to po­lice by call­ing 111.

Si­phon­ing in­ci­dents have been re­ported on Marl­bor­ough St, Ge­orge St, Haslett St, Kamahi St, Onslow Rd, Copeland St, Takau St and Lem­ing­ton Rd.

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