BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Friday around 2:48 a.m., Officer Chris Messick of the Bakersfield Police Department observed a pick-up truck that was being operated in a suspicious manner in the area of Monitor Street and Adelaide Avenue.
Officer Messick said he contacted the juvenile driver and two additional juvenile passengers of the truck and discovered four to five gallon water jugs containing gasoline along with a hose and funnel in the bed of the truck.
Investigation revealed the suspects had been in the neighborhood stealing fuel from vehicles parked on the street.
Officers discovered three vehicles that fuel had been stolen from.
The juveniles were arrested for vandalism, theft, vehicle tampering and conspiracy. They were booked into the Kern County Juvenile Hall.
The Bakersfield Police Department is reminding citizens there are things that can be done to reduce the chance of being a victim of fuel theft.
They say you should park your vehicle in a garage if available, and if not, park in a well-lighted area. If you have a driveway you should park in it and install motion lights on your home. When possible you should park your vehicle so that the fuel door can be easily seen from the street. You can invest in a locking fuel cap, and watch for suspicious vehicles and individuals in your neighborhood and report any suspicions to the police department.
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