A moment thief filled WHEELIE BIN with £143 of fuel in front of shocked onlookers in the forecourt of a busy petrol station
- Footage shows a hooded man filling a municipal bin with unleaded petrol
- He took the stolen gasoline out of the forecourt before returning later
- Washington, Tyne and Wear Co-op station said he stole £143 worth of fuel
- Comes as gasoline prices soared amid Russian energy sanctions
- The price of unleaded in the North East was 152.4p/litre at the time of the flight – but Co-op currently charges 163.9p
This is the shocking moment a brazen thief filled a wheelie bin with fuel in the forecourt of a petrol station – as prices continue to soar.
Footage shows a hooded man in a tracksuit walking to the pumps at Washington, Tyne and Wear’s Co-op station with a municipal recycling bin.
He then fills the bin with £143 of unleaded before casually walking away in front of shocked onlookers.
It is believed that the thief, who was working with an accomplice, later returned and repeated the crime.
Stunning footage shows a hooded man in a tracksuit strolling to the Co-op gas station pumps in Washington, Tyne and Wear and starting to pour fuel into a council recycling bin
The man, however, did not hide the number 10 written on the side of the trash can which could indicate his house number.
The theft comes as petrol and diesel prices have soared across the country amid sanctions on Russian energy following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Oil companies have also pledged not to buy from Russia.
At the time of the flight in February, the AA reported that North East unleaded prices averaged 146.9/litre. Today the Co-op station said MailOnline prices had risen to 163.9p/litre
It is believed the thief, who was working with an accomplice, later returned and repeated the crime
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: ‘On February 11 we were made aware of two suspected robberies at a gas station in the Parsons Road area of Washington’ (pictured)
Speaking of the petrol station robbery, a neighbor told The Sun: “I couldn’t believe it. Who uses a wheelie bin to steal petrol? This is absolute madness.
“It must be a local boy because he has clearly just taken the trash out of his house.
“I live across the street and I know there has been shoplifting at this branch, but nothing like that. I guess with the price spike it will only get worse.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: ‘On February 11, we were made aware of two suspected robberies at a gas station in the Parsons Road area of Washington.
Gasoline prices are at record highs and will continue to rise in the coming week amid unrest in Ukraine
Carriers warn they will be forced to raise fees to meet rising fuel bills, which will have a ripple effect for consumers
“It was reported that on both occasions individuals entered the forecourt and stole quantities of fuel using a wheelie bin.
“An investigation has been opened into both incidents.”
Global oil prices are at a 14-year high today – hitting $140 a barrel in some markets – as the West plans to ban imports of Russian oil that gives the pariah state $100 billion dollars a month to help finance his army.
And the price at the pump could hit 175p next week, as average petrol prices on UK forecourts have risen above 190p in places this week.
Carriers are warning they will be forced to raise fees to meet rising fuel bills, which will have a ripple effect for consumers.
Rod McKenzie, chief executive of the trade body Road Haulage Association, called the spike in the cost of diesel “dramatic”.
He said: “If carriers have to pay more for their fuel, they inevitably have to charge customers more. I suspect this will mean higher prices for anything delivered by lorry, which frankly accounts for 97% of everything we get in Britain.
Campaigners including the AA are calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cut fuel VAT for households already hit by the cost of living crisis. Experts said without help it would be a “disaster” for the most disadvantaged families.