Gas Drive-Offs

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

With gas prices continuing to remain high, local gas station owners, Bowling Green Police, and the County Attorney’s office are teaming up to help put a stop to gas drive-offs.

With surveillance cameras and other types of technology today, you would think stealing gas would be difficult, but think again.

“It’s quite simple,” said Lawson Vaughn who says he used to steal gasoline every two to three weeks and says you would be surprised how easy it was. “Best way to take things is to catch somebody off guard, that’s what a thief does, catches somebody off guard and seizes the moment.”

Which is another reason why gas drive-offs are up almost 50 percent in Bowling Green.

“It’s quite a serious problem and those are just the ones reported," Fred Higgins owner of 8 Minit Marts in Bowling Green said.

To give an example of how bad the problem is, while WBKO was at one gas station interviewing people, someone drove off without paying.

Warren County officials are taking this matter very seriously and plan to prosecute those who break the law.

As for Vaughn he has since cleaned up his act, “Officers, I am a clean man. I don’t take gas from nobody no more.”

Right now gas stations are losing around $23.00 per drive off. If caught, you could face up to a year in jail, lose your license, and pay a fine.

Even if you don’t do the crime but someone else does in your car, you will face receiving stolen property charges.


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