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Virginia Alleged Thieves Steal Thousands of Dollars in Gas Station, Advertise Online Discounts

Virginia Alleged Thieves Steal Thousands of Dollars in Gas Station, Advertise Online Discounts

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Virginia Beach police said two alleged thieves illegally stole thousands of dollars’ worth of fuel from a closed gas station overnight over several days, while advertising discounted gas on social media.

The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) on Thursday announced the arrests of Rachan Griffith, 24, and Devon Dermogul, 21, No NorfolkCharged with grand theft, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools. Police said more charges may be pending as the investigation continues.

On Tuesday, officers responded to a report of suspicious activity at the Citgo gas station in block 1400 of North Great Neck Road, which was closed at the time. The department said officers noticed several vehicles and individuals congregating on the property and pumping gasoline.

During preliminary investigationPolice said it was decided to use devices to illegally access gas pumps.

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Rashan Griffiths, 24, of Norfolk, is charged with grand theft, conspiracy and possession of burglary instruments in connection with an alleged Virginia Beach plot to steal thousands of dollars worth of gas and resell it online at a discount.
(Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD)

Then, individuals were selling the gas station at a discount through a mobile app and advertised the operation on social media, according to the department. Decide that thousands of dollars Gasoline was stolen of work over several days, police said.

The department said the VBPD’s detective office investigation is still active, and gas stations that were closed overnight should review security camera footage from the past few weeks to ensure they were not victims.

A gas pump displays the price of fuel at a gas station in McLean, Virginia, June 10, 2022.

A gas pump displays the price of fuel at a gas station in McLean, Virginia, June 10, 2022.
((Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP) (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images))

“It is recommended that these companies take additional precautions to ensure that this does not happen to them in the future,” the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a statement.

Anyone with information about this or similar case is requested to contact the VBPD Detective Bureau at 757-385-4101 or anonymously through Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or P3tips.com.

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The arrests came when Average national gas prices It hit $5 per gallon. On Sunday, the average price of a gallon of gasoline fell just below the $5 threshold for the second day in a row, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).