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Camera catches suspects siphoning gas

Manager: "It puts us in a deficit in business."

Camera catches suspects siphoning gas

GOLETA, Calif. - Cameras rolled as two suspects siphoned gas from a Goleta based business Thursday morning. 

An employee from Coastal Copy noticed gas leaking from one of the business' delivery trucks while he was pumping gas. 

"It's tough. For us, it puts us in a deficit in business," said Tony Przybyla, service manager at Coastal Copy's headquarters in Goleta. 

Surveillance cameras caught a man and woman in a white truck pulling into the business' parking lot around 12:30 a.m. The woman sitting in the front passenger seat pulled her hood up as she spotted the camera and lights. The man got out of the truck and stole fuel from a delivery truck. He drilled a hole into the tank in order to steal gas. 

"It can't be patched. From what I understand from the dealer, it's vacuumed sealed. So it has to be replaced," said Przybyla. 

It'll cost at least $2,000 to replace the gas tank. 

In the meantime, Coastal Copy is limiting its usage of the delivery truck and leaving its tanks empty after each business day. 

A report was filed with the Goleta Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call (805) 681-4100.


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