SHOCKING video shows a thief on fire after bursting into flames trying to steal petrol from a business.
The thief was obviously keen to get fuel without paying the high cost consumers see at the pump.
Video obtained by KSL-TV showed a white pickup truck pulling in alongside a vehicle in the Salt Lake City, Utah Business Summit Fire and Protection parking lot.
The unidentified thief attempted to steal gasoline from a company car that had already been targeted in other lift attempts.
Travis Mills, branch manager for Summit Fire and Protection, told KSL TV that the company had to upgrade to a $30,000 security system after the first attempt.
The new security system has caught the latest thief in action.
When the siphon attempt failed, the unidentified person attempted to drill into the vehicle’s gas tank, Mills said.
“Then it caught fire,” said the branch manager.
Video shows the thief quickly jumping up and rolling across the parking lot as flames engulf part of his body.
The person then rolled over on the ground before an accomplice got out of the pickup truck to help put out the fire.
It is unclear if the thief has been found or identified.
Mills said the company car ran out of gas during the attempted theft.
“If there was more than a gallon of gas in it, this thing absolutely would have turned into a bomb,” Mills said.
The number of gas siphons has increased as gas prices rise nationwide.
“Unfortunately, with gas prices in the valley and across the country, we are seeing an increase in gas theft,” Salt Lake City Fire Department Chief Tony Allred told KSL-TV.
Allred, whose hazmat team drills into gas tanks during emergencies, warns against anyone drilling into gas lines.
“The drill, the drill, or even static electricity could set off an explosion,” Allred said.
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