Daring gasoline heist echoes one on Breaking Bad

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Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White on 'Breaking Bad.' Image: zennie62/Flickr/CC BY-ND

A man posing as a delivery driver has stolen 2,100 gallons of fuel in a daring Indiana gasoline heist. Could he have seen a recent episode of “Breaking Bad?”

Gasoline heist as prices soar

Just as the price of gasoline made it largest one-day jump in a year and a half, a criminal has made off with more than 2,000 gallons of liquid gold.

Law enforcement officers in Hammond, Indiana are on the lookout for a man who drove a tanker truck into a BP gas station last Saturday and told the clerk that he was there to check the tank levels. He checked them, all right — to the very last drop.

A manager at the BP station told Hammond police that it is not unusual for BP to take some of the fuel out of the holding tanks to test it. That is especially true with BP’s recent contamination issues. The problem is, the BP drivers generally only take a small amount. And they replace it before they leave.

The “street price” of the hot petroleum is estimated at around $8,500.

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‘Pump tampering’

And the BP station was not the only victim. Two other convenience stores in the area reported “pump tampering,” that resulted in the theft of about 350 gallons of gas, all told. It is unclear from reports if the same criminal or criminals are suspected in those thefts.

‘Dead Freight’

A bold heist was depicted on the “Dead Freight” episode of AMC’s series “Breaking Bad” earlier this month.  It immediately came to this writer’s mind when first learning of last week’s real heist. The Hammond, Indiana robbery was pulled off just under a week after the “Dead Freight” episode first aired.

In the show, the main characters, Walter (Bryan Cranston), Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Mike (Jonathan Banks), lead a heist to steal enough methylamine — a chemical needed for their drug-making operations — to “fill a swimming pool.” To make it happen, they stop a train with a tanker car full of the stuff by stalling a truck on the tracks. Simultaneously, while the two engineers on the train — its sole occupants — try to get the truck moved, Walter and his guys pump out the chemical into a tank they have previously buried in the desert sand.

And except for one tragic complication at the end involving a motorcycle, the crooks were out of there unscathed before they could say “howdy Honda.”

While the Indiana heist was not as elaborate or quite as bold as the one on the sharply-written program, it does make one wonder if the “brains” behind the heist is a fan of “Breaking Bad” who got “inspired.”


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