ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – With no visible end in sight to the rise in gas prices across the country, more consumers have begun to take matters into their own hands by filling up at the pump and driving off without paying.
But if thieves are caught in Missouri, a gas drive-off law states those who plead guilty or are convicted will have their license suspended.
On the other side of the Mississippi River on Tuesday, gas thieves were on the prowl. A clerk at a Phillips 66 gas station in Belleville reported that a driver left the store without paying for more than $100 worth of gas.
Officials in Belleville also reported five gas drive-off reports on Tuesday. The Circle K gas station on North Belt West was hit twice shortly after 9 a.m. A few hours later around 11:30 a.m., someone stole from the Gas Mart on East Main Street. Another Gas Mart fell prey to gas thieves around noon. And around 2:30 p.m., someone drove off without paying for gas at another Phillips 66 gas station located at 300 S. Greenmount Road. It is unclear how much the thieves escaped with in these cases.
Police have not released any detailed vehicle descriptions.
The national gas average stands at $3.87 per gallon.