ST. GEORGE – The St. George Police Department is requesting the public’s help Wednesday in identifying a truck and its owner so the driver of the truck can be questioned about an active gas theft case.
The driver of what appears to be a white Dodge extended cab pickup truck was captured on surveillance footage and is suspected of stealing gas from parked vehicles in the Dixie Regional Medical Center parking lot, the St. George Police Department said in a press statement issued Wednesday afternoon.
The surveillance footage was captured Aug. 11, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.
“We think this truck is linked to those gas thefts,” Despain said. “They were seen in the area about the same time that the gas theft was reported, so we think that this truck is associated with that.”
Police believe several people in the parking lot have fallen victim to their gas being stolen, Despain said. Gas theft is a fairly easy thing for criminals to do, he added.
Most cars have nothing to prevent people from getting into the gas tank, he said, adding that one way to help prevent gas theft is putting a locking gas cap on your gas tank.
“This is a pretty brazen move by these folks, especially being in the public parking lot, you know?” Despain said. “I mean, you’d think that parking your car in a public parking lot would prevent that, but in this case, it didn’t.”
Anyone who recognizes the truck in the video footage or who has any information regarding this case or the identity of the truck’s driver is asked to call St. George Police Detective Josh Wilson at 435-627-4317.
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