Chicago man arrested in gas stealing scheme
Police in suburban Riverside foiled a gas stealing scheme after a month long investigation.
On Friday, Riverside police arrested Darius Williams, 35, of the 400 block of Irvine in Hillside, and according to officials he gave a full confession detailing the scheme.
According to police, Williams and another man were first caught on security cameras siphoning gas at a 7-Eleven at 26th Street and Harlem Avenue on Jan 20.
Williams somehow disabled the pump’s measuring device, police said. His SUV was later searched and officers found 10 5-gallon water bottles, a hose and pump used for siphoning gasoline, and other materials used for transporting fuel, police said.
“The defendant in this case gave a full statement that he and another individual known as ‘Mike the gas man’ conceived this plan to steal gasoline and then sell it on the West Side of Chicago,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a press release.
Williams was charged with retail theft of motor vehicle fuel and criminal damage to property.
“Mike the gas man” remained at large Saturday night, police said.