Gas stealing on the decline
Philip Chong, the president of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA), said yesterday that the practice of persons driving away from gas stations without paying is "not as common as it was before".
"We have requested our dealers to try and collect before, but sometimes the customers take offence to that," Chong said yesterday.
The issue of persons driving away from gas stations without paying was brought into focus last week when a Kingston accountant pleaded guilty to stealing petrol from Johnson's Petroleum service station.
The man, Errol Williams, was on Monday sentenced to pay a fine of $25,000 or spend six months in prison for simple larceny.
Williams, 29, went to the pump and ordered $6,000 worth of petrol. He then drove off without paying for it.
Chong, when contacted by THE STAR yesterday, said that gas station attendants have been encouraged to collect for the petrol before it is pumped.
"At my station, for example, we haven't had any in the last six months," Chong said.