MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Timothy Boone says pain at the pump is leading to some pretty low pilfering in his neighborhood.
"I came out here one day to find a hose in my gas tank," he said.
Boone says thieves tried to steal gasoline from inside his parked car, and police say he's far from alone.
Detectives say several cars were drained of fuel in the 95th Street area when drivers weren't watching.
Mark Barnes says he filled up his truck one night before going to bed but woke up to find his needle pointing toward empty.
"I noticed it when my gas gauge didn't go all the way up," he said. "It's a shame because hardworking people are the ones who suffer."
Police say the best way to protect yourself is to buy a gas cap with a lock and a key.
It's advice that both Boone and Barnes took to heart, and they say it's paid off.
"Ever since I put the [locked] cap on, I've had no problem," Boone said. "I feel for the people getting their gas stolen because it isn't cheap."
Police have not named any suspects in the thefts at this time.
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