One inevitable result of today's soaring prices at the pump–more gas thieves on the loose!
Huntington Beach police arrested 49-year-old Gregory Lamar Bell on Saturday for stealing more than 200 gallons of diesel fuel from construction vehicles parked on a closed construction site at Edinger Avenue and Newland Street.
The police department got a call at about 4:35 p.m. reporting that someone had possibly stolen fuel. Officers decided to set up surveillance at the site, and at about 5:30 p.m., the suspect returned for more.
The officers watched Bell, a Cerritos resident, pump diesel fuel out of
the construction vehicles and into storage containers in his black Ford
F350 pickup truck. As they approached him, he attempted to drive away,
but the exits were blocked. He was arrested for grand theft and
The investigation is ongoing due to prior
thefts of diesel fuel from the same location, according to a press release
from the HBPD.