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Gas Drive Offs Prompt Warnings to Be Vigilant at the Pump

Jetz had two drive offs this week, with one suspect getting away with it; police say vigilance by residents can help them catch the other guy.

Two incidents of gas drive offs have police asking for vigilance at the pump to help keep criminals from stealing, and to help keep the cost of gas down.

On Nov. 10 Jetz Convenience Center reported the theft of gas by a man driving a blue minivan around 10:30 a.m., according to police reports.

The van displayed a Wisconsin license plate of 886PLP, however, the plate appeared to have been altered to change the number. Police say this same altered plate was on a red minivan when the white male driving that van also stole gas from Jetz on Sept. 13. The driver hid his face with a hood. If you see a vehicle that appears to have an altered license plate, contact police. 

Jetz was again struck on Nov. 13 just before 9 a.m., but this time it was a gold minivan which was displaying a stolen license plate. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and arrested the 36 year old Milwaukee man driving it.

An investigation found that this subject was responsible for multiple gas thefts in Muskego, New Berlin, and other cities in the area. 

Police also recommend that you report any incidents involving stolen license plates as it's generally the way the suspects are able to drive off without getting caught.

In other incidents over the past week:

Friday, Nov. 9 – A complaint of loud music coming from JD’s on Hillendale Drive was received. The bartender was advised and turned the music down. 

Saturday, Nov. 10 –

  • A car fire was reported in the S8400 block of Woods Road. There is no indication of foul play, and an electrical cause is suspected. 
  • Damage to lawn chairs was reported at a residence in the S6300 block of Berger Lane. 
  • A 33 year old Waukesha man was arrested for his third drunk driving offense in the area of Castle Glen Court and Canfield Drive. The driver had a two year old child in his vehicle, which made the violation a felony. 
  • Two girls bikes were found in the S7800 block of Overlook Bay Road. 

Sunday, Nov. 11 – A homeowner in the W17900 block of Muskego Drive reported their home being egged sometime after 11:00 pm the night before. 

Monday, Nov. 12 – A 21 year old Big Bend man came to the police department to report being assaulted by a 19 year old Muskego man on Nov. 11th, in the W14400 block of Janesville Road. The investigation is continuing. 

Tuesday, Nov. 13 – An 18 year old Mukwonago man was arrested for shoplifting at Piggly Wiggly. 

Thursday, Nov. 15– A homeowner in the S7400 block of Hillendale Drive reported their mailbox damaged overnight. 

Friday, Nov. 16 – A homeowner in the S6900 block of Sky Lark Lane reported their mailbox damaged overnight. 

Jabe November 20, 2012 at 02:34 AM
The issue of gas drive-offs would be 100% eliminated if every single station mandated a pay-before-you-pump policy. No, it's not the most convenient thing for cash-paying customers, but it solves the problem.
Denise Konkol (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
It may come to that Jabe. With so many people already doing paying at the pump, I can't believe many will complain, especially if it keeps the prices low.
Muskego Mike November 20, 2012 at 02:53 PM
As a customer of Jetz, I won't be on the lookout for people stealing their gas. It's a problem that Jetz needs to solve. When I shop at Walmart or Kohl's, I'm not on the lookout for shoplifters either. They seem to have that task handled.
Greg Burmeister November 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM
A couple of years ago, my wife had an accident in Mequon totalling the car. We went to the towing yard to retrieve personal items from the car. The car was a real m,ess, so did not think to take the plates off. Before long I was getting calls from police departments in New Berlin, Muskego, and Milwaukee, accusing me of stealing gas. same plate was on a Ford Bronco and a Red Mini-van. I explained the situation and they were able to check and find that what I had said was true and advised me to cancel the plates or I would continue to get calls. So I did. Never occurred to me to take the plates off the wrecked car, Live and learn.
Greg Burmeister November 20, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Thank you public citizen, Muskego Mike, for your concern about the high prices all of us are paying. If you are not willing to be part of the solution, then you are part of the problem! It is your duty, as a citizen of Muskego, New Berlin, or wherever, to report crime when you witness it.
Muskego Mike November 20, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Thanks Jr. Office Burmeister. If Jetz is too stupid to put in simple controls to stop people from driving off without paying, that's their problem. They will go out of business and another gas station owner will open in the same location in a week or two. See post #1 above if you don't understand the solution.
Greg Burmeister November 20, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Muskego Mike, I am sure some one will re-open a gas station right away, just like the 2 that closed at Lannon and Janesville. And as i said before, it's everyone's business to stop crime when they see it, it's not just up to the police. If you can't figure that out, then maybe you need to go back to school, and take a class on Civics.
Denise Konkol (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I have to side with Greg - saying it's not my problem isn't entirely accurate. Nothing happens in a vacuum, and unless taxpayers are willing to pay for 300 more police officers to post themselves on every corner, we are all part of a community and should feel a duty to keep it a safe one.
Candy Galore January 11, 2013 at 07:54 AM
100% Pay at the pump actually will lead to increased prices also, since the stations need to pass on the credit card fees to the users.

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