(CNN) — As the nationwide average price of gasoline hits $5 a gallon and prices are expected to continue rising, gas thefts are being reported across the country, and police say more than a few gallons are being siphoned from vehicles.
Now, thieves are pumping thousands of dollars’ worth of fuel from gas stations and selling it on the black market, authorities said.
According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of gasoline from a Citgo gas station in Virginia Beach.
Officials began investigating after noticing an unusual number of people pumping gasoline and gathering inside the Citgo, which was closed at the time, a press release said.
Officials discovered devices being used to illegally obtain gas from the pumps and individuals selling the gas at a cheaper rate, the press release said.
According to the press release, “they also promoted the operation on social media.”
The suspects are charged with grand larceny, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools, according to the press release. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.
CNN affiliate WESH in Orlando, Fla., reported that police in nearby St. Cloud are looking for two people they say stole more than 1,000 gallons of fuel from a gas station, which police say they stole more than 1,000 gallons of fuel from a gas station believed to have used a large tank in bed used to store fuel.
CNN affiliate KVVU in Las Vegas, Nevada, reported that heavily modified vehicles are being used to steal tens of thousands of gallons from local gas stations, according to authorities.
And in Greenville, South Carolina, CNN affiliate WHNS reports that police have made multiple arrests for gas theft. Authorities believe thousands of dollars worth of fuel were stolen.
President Joe Biden has invited oil company executives to a meeting next week to discuss high gas prices.
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