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THEFTS OF GAS STIR ALERT IN TOWN OF TONAWANDA

Town of Tonawanda police are putting residents and gas station owners on notice about repeated thefts of large quantities of gasoline on the West Coast.

Chief Samuel M. Palmiere said his department was advised Wednesday that service stations in the San Diego area and West Coast region have been the victims of thefts of large amounts of gasoline after hours.

The thefts were accomplished by fuel tanker trucks that pull into the property, remove the padlock that secures the filling tube and sucks fuel into the tanker truck, police said.

Palmiere said there have been no reports of such incidents locally and the message was released by Town of Tonawanda Police for information and warning purposes only.

Citizens who believe they see suspicious activity around service stations after hours should contact police through 911.

There were no confirmed reports linking the thefts to terrorist activity.

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