Fla. Deputies Searching For Gasoline Thieves

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File photo of a gas pump. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

File photo of a gas pump. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A hazardous material team and the bomb squad are at the scene of an attempted gasoline theft in the Tampa Bay area.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials say several suspects parked a van over the in-ground fuel tanks at a BP gas station near Tampa early Tuesday and began siphoning gasoline into the vehicle.

Deputies say the suspects abandoned the van — with several hundred gallons of gasoline inside — sometime after 1:10 a.m. Tuesday. They say about 25 gallons of gas spilled into the parking lot.

Officials say the gas station and several nearby businesses will be closed until the parking lot is cleaned and the van is secured.

No further details are immediately available.

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