Everett police warn of rise in gas theft

EVERETT, Wash. — Everett police say they’re seeing an increase in gas theft as the price of gas continues to skyrocket.

Instead of using rubber hoses to siphon fuel, police say some thieves are now using power tools to drill holes in gas tanks and steal fuel.

Police recommend parking your vehicle in a garage or a well-lit, high-traveled area to help avoid being targeted by thieves.

The average cost of damage to a gas tank is far higher than the value of any stolen gas.

Statewide, the average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas jumped to $4.55 a gallon Tuesday and officials say prices could go even higher.

If you are a victim of gas theft, police say you should call 911 to report the damage to your vehicle, as well as the theft.