Former Trucker Accused In Gasoline Theft

A former truck driver for a gasoline supplier is accused of stealing more than a thousand dollars worth of fuel.

Goldsboro police have charged Michael Jones of Goldsboro with two counts of embezzlement.

Police say the 37-year-old Jones is accused of twice stealing unleaded gasoline from a Pope Transportation truck last month. The fuel was worth $1,225.

Jones was released on a $9,000 bond and police say he no longer works for Pope.


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  • by adelineL Location: California on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    This is unbelievable, gasoline and precious metals are being stolen at a greater rate these days. Gas theft has been observed during previous periods of high gas costs, and individuals are stealing rare metals such as platinum and copper at a growing pace. Theft of metals is especially disturbing, though it is hard to do much about without catching the thief in the act. Since rare metals always have an industry, it is darn hard to get the stolen goods back. I found this here: Precious metal and gasoline theft increasing nationwide
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    Pope is a distributor of fuels, so the thief stealing unleaded gasoline (from the trailer as 'TarHeel' suggested) could be accurate.
  • by wh Location: gville on Apr 4, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    Gas is expensive these days. People are realizing that they have to do what they have to do to survive. Good job mate... We need more of these crimes and drug related crimes so we can help pay the presiding judges retirement funds. Check it out...A significant portion of court costs go to them.
  • by Duh Location: NC on Apr 4, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    Ever heard of a portable tank? Stationary tank on a trailer?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Apr 4, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    Well, the thing of it is... the fuel (not called gasoline, WITN) that is used in a big rig is not the same as what goes in your car. So if he stole it at all, it was going in a big rig anyway... especially that amount. At present, that amount, thats probably a fill for a big truck. So it's as simple as pulling up and filling up. He wasn't walking off with cans, no.
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      by TarHeel on Apr 4, 2011 at 04:05 PM in reply to Audra
      Audra, it clearly states that this was unleaded gasoline. From what I can get out of the story he took it out of a shipping tank. You know the ones that deliever gasoline to stores?? He would not have gotten far putting unleaded in a diesel engine, such as a truck.
  • by Michael Location: Vanceboro on Apr 4, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    Wonder what he put it in? At about 160 gallons each time that would be 32 5gal cans. Or maybe 3 55gal drums. Either way hard to move !
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      by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2011 at 04:24 PM in reply to Michael
      are you serious? He put it into his big rig!
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        by Michael on Apr 4, 2011 at 08:45 PM in reply to
        Big rigs use Diesel, not unleaded gasoline.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Apr 4, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Or in other words, about a quarter of a tank.
  • by hehe on Apr 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    What a loyal employee!
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