Dear PoP – Gas siphoning

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“Dear PoP,

I was wondering if you have heard any reports of gas being stolen from cars. I live at the 900 block of Spring Rd., NW and I was out of town last week. I came back to find that my 3/4 full gas tank was 100% EMPTY. My gas tank can be accessed easily, since there is a tab on the panel to opening, and it does not require flipping a level on this inside of my car to open it. The car was parked behind the house where it is generally dark and quite at night, and there is a good covering of vines and such on the fence that would make it easy for someone stooped by my car to go unnoticed.

I have heard of this in other cities, but not yet in DC. There is no other explanation for my empty tank.

Wondering if I have to find a way to lock my gas cap!?”

Yikes, this is the first I’m hearing of an incident like this. Has anyone else heard of or had gas stolen from them? Is it easy to add a locking gas cap?

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