Theft Ring Busted

POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 5:38pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

Montana Vista - - - El Paso County Sheriff's deputies have broken up a gas theft ring in Montana Vista.

Law enforcers got a tip that gas was being sold illegally at two locations. Surveillance shows tankers filling up at a local pipeline. The sheriff's office says the thieves skimmed off some of the load and sold the gas for as low as $1.40 a gallon to people looking for a discount.

"It affects us the consumers, it affects the distributors who are out there legally selling their gas, it affects the county of el paso because it doesn't receive the tax money that it needs."

At least seven people face a variety of charges. More arrests are expected soon.

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