Gas thefts occurring across Kennewick

KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- Gas thefts occur on a reoccurring basis throughout the year on a routine basis. We have seen a sharp increase of the past 2 months.

The Kennewick Police have investigated 15 cases so far in 2014 with 11 of those occurring in the last 60 days. In fact we have investigated 4 during the month of July alone.

There is no geographic pattern. The thefts have occurred all over the city. Some have been personal vehicles and some have been business vehicles. 5 of the thefts have been from Ben Franklin Transit Van Pool vans that get left overnight in parking lots.

If you see suspicious persons around vehicles in a parking lot or street please call police immediately.