>Stockton Man Accused Of Stealing, Selling Gas

>We don’t need another hero

We don’t need to know the way home

All we want is life beyond Thunderdome

Sing it, Tina! Ok, that’s not the correct Mad Max movie to associate this article with, but I like the song. Remember when Mel Gibson was a hot guy from Australia?

Anyway, it looks like the “Road Warrior” mentality has taken over a few folks in the San Joaquin Valley.

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STOCKTON, Calif. — Everyone’s looking for cheap gas these days, but when it’s being sold at an apartment complex carport, something could be wrong.

Police say Joseph Marchbanks, 32, would pretend his vehicle had broken down at a gas station, and then he would steal hundreds of gallons of gasoline from the underground tanks.

Joginder Lal owns a Beacon gas station on East Fremont Street in Stockton. He said he is outraged to find out that at 270 gallons of gasoline were stolen from his tanks at 3 a.m. Monday.

Police said Marchbanks was caught in the act when a man saw him at the gas station armed with an electrical pump and some large containers

Investigators said Marchbanks confessed to ripping off at least 10 gas stations in the Stockton area, including Costco at least twice.

“He would position his vehicles over the top of the manholes, and he would run one of the tubes down,” said Stockton Police Department spokesman Sean Fenner.

Fenner said the suspect recently bought a Chevrolet Suburban, which authorities say he confessed was for the sole purpose of stealing more gas

“He would take the gasoline that he got here back to a storage tank back at his home, where he would sell it to local residents,” Fenner said, adding that Marchbanks would sell the gas for $1.50 a gallon.

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“Master Blaster runs Bartertown”

Look at that article. It might not be pig shit used as an energy source, but it’s close enough.

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