Gasoline Stolen from Cars Continues

Even though gasoline is a lot cheaper than it was last summer, apparently thieves are still siphoning gas from people's cars. Here'...

Even though gasoline is a lot cheaper than it was last summer, apparently thieves are still siphoning gas from people's cars. Here's a message I received from a local resident...
Hi Steve,

I live in the Lakes at Menifee Development. Hope you will post this...recently my neighbor has had gasoline stolen from his cars (several times), which he parks on the street and in his driveway. The thief or thieves pry the gas door open and even popped a lock off a gas cap lock. Then they siphon the gas out of the car. We think it is some punk or a group of them living in our neighborhood, as we live in a gated community. Of course, they strike at night. I encourage everyone to be on the lookout for late-night loiterers, and park your cars in your garage if possible.

Thanks,

Todd Greene

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  1. That was happening to us, and a couple other neighbors, last year. We bought a gas cap lock and it stopped.

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  2. In todays life and society you almost have to expect the worst and hope for the best behavior and respect of thoe you live around and with.
    Lazy people will always be around and trying to take advantage of a situation.

    BE VIGILANT AND REPORT ALL "STRANGE" ACTIVITY.

    Just buying a locking gas cap (good for you) only moves the problem to another area.

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  3. Get a motion sensor light, a bright one. That usually scares them away. I have landscaping lights that illuminate the front of my house, they are not real bright but they make it hard to do anything without being seen. Also do a walk around late at night. I usually have trouble sleeping so I go outside at all hours and see what is up. There has been a couple of times I have seen strange cars driving around. They see me and turn around. If you see a person walking around make sure they see you. It sounds like this neighborhood has been pegged and these people know your habits and that you don't do anything to prevent this. Change that now. It's not going to happen by doing nothing.

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  4. We installed motion-sensor lights on the rear and sides of our house. They're positioned in a way that a potential thief can't easily turn them off. In addition, we also have a video surveillance camera that records specific areas around the outside of our house.

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  5. get that guy from menifee lakes that likes to spy on everyone. He seems to do a good job at it

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  6. The motion sensor lights are a very good deterrent. I live in Hertiage Lake and the weekend of Easter our community had 16 cars vandalized. These cars were parked in the street or the driveway and all had the windows shot out. What is wrong with people now a days. There is no financial gain in ruining other peoples things. I just dont understand the point.

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  7. vandals!!!usually teenage kids making poor choices. Parents need to make better ones!

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  8. I hate to say this, but the point is that teenagers just like the thrill of doing something stupid and not getting caught.
    Teenagers know that even if they are caught they will basically just get a slap on the hand.
    We need to make punishments fit the crimes and scare the hell out of not just teenagers but adults as well.

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  9. tie um to a street pole with a sign that says vandal. then place a bucket of rotten eggs to toss at them....NICE

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  10. This sounds like a good incentive to clean out your garage, so vehicles can park inside. Afterall, that's what garages are designed to do.

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  11. "This sounds like a good incentive to clean out your garage, so vehicles can park inside. Afterall, that's what garages are designed to do."

    Nice. Blame the victim.

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  12. I remember a couple of years ago when we had devolped alot of minor issues in the lakes area. thankfully the college police started to patrol the area which seemed to eliminate our negative issues. It's too bad about all that has happened over there with the corporal and chief because it was nice having the extra help. maybe the new chief will help too.

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  13. Teens make poor choices because that part of their brain is not fully developed yet. They never think anything bad will happen to them, until it does.
    Trust me from a vigilent parent who has had a teen in trouble, they DO NOT just slap them on the hands. Riverside County has a strong program for minors who commit crimes. My teen is a changed person, and looks at his world a lot diffently now. He now sees both sides of a crime and has wrapped his undeveloped teen brain around the reality of punishment vs freedom. Some kids just need to learn things the hard way.

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  14. Since gas is a carcinogen, those who are stealing by siphoning it have a high likelihood of getting mouth cancer from the fumes.. Karma perhaps.

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  15. "This sounds like a good incentive to clean out your garage, so vehicles can park inside. Afterall, that's what garages are designed to do."

    Nice. Blame the victim.

    By Anonymous, at April 24, 2009 4:54 PM


    No blame the person who cannot follow the rules. PACK RAT

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  16. Sorry, I didn't know you made the rules.

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  17. Lay in wait with a paintball gun. Stun them by stealth and superior fire power. Tie them to a street light with a sign around their necks. Then pepper them with said paintball gun until they cry for mercy. Set an example. Enjoy. Repeat as necessary.

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  18. Sorry, I didn't know you made the rules.

    By Anonymous, at April 27, 2009 7:15 AM


    I wonder if it is your kids???

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  19. Could be my kids, I have more important things to do than keeping on eye on them.

    April 27, 2009 7:15 AM

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  20. I wonder what it could be....nice

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  21. The mystery continues. We all know that if it were ice cream that was being stolen rather than gas, the suspect would have been caught.

    On e would only need to go as far as msjc police station and look for chief segawa who undoubtedly would be stuffing his face with a stolen big stick!

    Chief segawa used to go around claiming that his department should be chosen to service all of our new city.

    Where are they now? What a joke!

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  22. wow, you have a point...we buy cars for $30k, $40k and up but keep all the junk we don't use or really want in our garages. why is that?

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  23. ...we buy cars for $30k, $40k and up but keep all the junk we don't use or really want in our garages. why is that?Much easier to get the car off the property if the driveway isn't full of junk. :) I think lots of people have more stuff than they know what to do with. Chances are their debt to income ratio is negative as well.

    How about a neighborhood garage sale?

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  24. To above:

    Oh yea a gargae sale so you can sell your junk to someone else to stuff in a garage so they can then complain when the HOA gives violation for breaking the rules by not parking in the garage.

    Random idea: DONATE usable stuff and trash the rest (recycle please)!

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  25. In reference to the post that noted the car windows shot out at Heritage Lake area-we also had that happen the same weekend and the weekend before in our area by Garbani/Palomar/Craig-I was raised to respect not only other peoples property but my parents wrath as well. In fact, I would have never even considered vandalism, stealing or such. Funny how spankings, discipline and caring parents help you turn out to be a real nice person....

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  26. This is disturbing but it is caused by all of us; all of us who rent homes out to pay a mortgage in disregard what kind of tenant they may be. We are feeling this in Rancho La Vita. More gang families and their lifestyle including, graffitti, drugs, and total disregard to anyone around them. We must go after the owners of the house. Penalize them for all that goes on. This was very successful in active neighborhoods of LA, San Diego, and Orange County. Report immediately anything strange or anyone hanging around.

    People should move into a nice community to enhance not to take away from it. Unfortunately the economy has brought any and everything into our neighborhoods. Do not allow the infestation of ilegal behavior make you move, you get them out. Stand Strong Menifee. I love living here and will do my part to get rid of those that do not want to be a plus to this community.

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  27. Amen! I second the above poster!!!!!

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  28. I agree to just about all of the post, on some level, except for the paintball issue. that MAY be a little harsh, although it would be gratifying.

    What happened to the college police patrolling over there? when i lived in the lakes(last year) the were there everyday.

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  29. This is hilarious! Why do I find this funny? Because some of you just outright blame teenagers.

    In October, 2008, my SUV had its gas siphoned out. It was parked in my driveway (yeah, that's what driveways are for - cars). Fortunately, we got the perp on our surveillance cameras. You want to know who it was? A man (yes, a MAN), looked to be in his late 20's or early 30's, of Hispanic origin. He drove a small pickup truck. We caught all of this on video - yet could not read the license plate of his truck.

    Don't be so quick to judge those teenagers.

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  30. Todd Greene I am trying to get hold of you to discuss the gasoline theft situation or anyone else who has experience with this crime victim or know a victim, I am doing research on the crime in Menifee and surrounding cities..please email shell9291@yahoo.com I need to speak to someone tomorrow Wed via the phone for an interview since I am under a deadline
    Thanks Michelle

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