Cameras catch gas-siphoning thief stealing from Boys and Girls Club

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EVERETT, Wash. - Security camera video shows thieves siphoning gas from vans belonging to an Everett Boys and Girls Club.

 

The thefts have cost the nonprofit Cascade Boys and Girls Club hundreds of dollars, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Monique Ming Laven.

 

The video shows a man, who drove a gas-guzzling muscle car, walking over to vans the club uses to drive around school children, and draining them of gas.

 

Staff at the school said several times in the past six months, they've fired up their vans to take kids to school in the morning and found their gas tanks empty.

 

They said images from their new security cameras explain why their gas bills jumped by about $100 a month.

 

The video showed that on Saturday, a thief was careful to hide from passing cars. Seconds later, he dragged away the hoses he used to siphon the fuel. Then, he gathered up his gas canisters and took off.

 

"I don't know what to say. I'm speechless. I can't believe that at all," said Alena LeFebre, of the Mill Creek Saints Drill Team, which uses the club's facility.

 

The club said it's found other video of a different man in a different car doing the same thing. They gave the video to police.

 

They turned to KIRO 7 Eyewitness News to tell the thieves that they're stealing straight from the club's kids.

 

The club put up the cameras and warning signs, but the extra security measures were not enough to keep the latest thief away. Now, they're hoping his conscience will.

 

The club has also added locks to their gas tanks.