As gas prices near the $2 mark, Lubbock Police expect the number of gasoline thefts to rise.
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Most drive off's fall in the category of a Class C misdemeanor, which results in a fine up to $500. And with the gas stations taking the hit in a drive off, clerks across town are thorough about taking down license plate numbers to be able to report any thefts. Meanwhile, police say they're keeping an eye out for drive-offs.
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"We haven't seen anything right now over the last month that shows we're going to have it but we're going to be looking for that because the price of gas goes up and that is the potential it could actually happen," says Sergeant Bill Casey with the Lubbock Police Department.
Many stations in town have pre-pay only pumps to avoid problems like these.