THEFTS of fuel from a Camperdown service station are a weekly occurrence.
Caltex Service Station manager Ricky Frost said the latest theft of $86 worth of Vortex fuel happened on Sunday at 6.30pm when a stolen white Holden Commodore sedan drove off.
Mr Frost, who has been involved in petrol stations for 24 years, said petrol drive-offs seemed to happen in cycles and was peaking, with one theft a week.
He said as well as the nuisance value of reporting the thefts to police, the cost of the stolen fuel added up.
“This was a stolen car,” Mr Frost said.
“It’s very annoying and runs into money. It runs in patches but we’re being hit at the moment.
“People need to be aware these thefts do happen, but we do report them and given the opportunity, thieves will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Mr Frost said he was considering putting a notice board at the entrance to his service station of stills from video camera security footage of petrol drive-offs.
Camperdown policeman Senior Constable Don Camilleri said clear video footage had been obtained of the female passenger aged in her late teens or early 20s filling up the Commodore before it was driven off.
“Someone knows who was involved and we would call on those people to provide information to police,” he said.
“This vehicle was stolen in Pakenham and any information should be passed on to the Camperdown police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”