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What Is Theft?
Theft is the wrongful taking of property belonging to another. The criminal acts that constitute theft include larceny, embezzlement, burglary, and false pretenses. The stolen property can be any form of property, from intellectual property to more tangible items such as gasoline.
What Is Gasoline Theft?
Gasoline theft occurs when an individual takes, or steals, gasoline in any form from a person or business without payment or consent. The two most common types of gas theft are:
- Pump and Run: This theft happens when the individual pumps gasoline at a gas station then leaves without paying.
- Siphoning Gas: With this type of theft, an individual takes gasoline from someone’s vehicle by sticking a tube in the tank and removing the gasoline through a suction caused by the tube.
Is Gasoline Theft the Same as Gasoline Fraud?
No. Gasoline fraud is a white collar crime that involves acquiring the gasoline through making a false representation of fact, such as lying about whether the credit card they are using to purchase the gasoline is actually their credit card. The perpetration then acquires the gasoline as a result of the victim relying on the misrepresentation to their own legal detriment. While both criminal acts are done without consent, fraud requires the intent to deceive.
What Are the Elements of Gasoline Theft?
In order for a defendant to be found guilty of gasoline theft, a prosecutor needs to prove all of the elements of theft. These elements are:
- The defendant knowingly took the gasoline
- The gasoline belonged to someone else
- The defendant has the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the gasoline
Is Gas Theft a Misdemeanor or Felony?
Gas theft can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the jurisdiction and facts of the case. For example, if the value of the gas is valued at more than $400, it could be a felony. If the theft is a minimal amount, then a misdemeanor charge may result.
Should I Contact a Lawyer about a Gas Theft Charge?
Yes. Contact a criminal lawyer regarding any accusation of gasoline theft. The lawyer will explain your legal options and assist you in coming up with a defense to the charges.
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Last Modified: 11-23-2015 04:53 PM PST
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