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Thieves tamper with pumps, make off with gas

Original post made on Jul 9, 2013

Thieves were able to fill up multiple vehicles without paying a dime when they tampered with gas pumps at the Valero station at 3972 El Camino Real on July 1 and 3.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 12:01 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by tommy tuna, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Well, that Valero is unstaffed at night.

Posted by hulkamania, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Thieves be ridin' dirty.

Posted by Visualize, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

When even a $99 cell phone is able to record HD video, I don't understand why the entire world is equipped with security cameras recording video as if it's still the 1960s. Really ... if the video is bad enough to preclude reading license plates, why have security cameras at all?

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

> if the video is bad enough to preclude reading license plates,
> why have security cameras at all?


If companies can not invest a couple thousand dollars in first rate surveillence equipment, then the police should not both investigating.

Posted by alex, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:10 am


These companies are run by MBAs (glorified accountants). They need to promote some of those geeky engineers to higher levels.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:47 am

How about blaming the perpetrators rather than the victim?

Posted by Get it together, a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 10, 2013 at 6:14 am

So a gas station puts up cameras, but they aren't able to record the single best identifying image, one of the car lic plates? That's like putting up a camera in Macy's that doesn't show images of people's faces.

Posted by Raymond, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

I feel bad for the gas station owner, since I'm sure the manufacturer has already been paid.

However, OPEC rips US off every day. I don't have much sympathy.

Posted by wurdup, a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

merchandise lasts only 4 weeks, companies ripping off public. like electronics last only weeks, you paid 40 bucks for it. in 1985 the same equipment lasted 6 months now lasts 6 weeks. whos ripping off who??? packaging is sturdier than the product inside. they steal your mont. sony corporation all corporations. people steal to get back what thyre money once paid for. thats the problem. shoddy merchandise.

Posted by anon, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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Posted by Duh, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

While the article doesn't specifically says so, I would assume "Police were unable to read license plates in the video footage" because the perps covered them with a piece of cardboard, etc. I don't want to give the perps too much credit, but if they can figure out how to damage a pump to get free gas they must be smart enough to cover license plate when they know they are being video tapped. Common sense here people.

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