When I was a child, I remember my dad talking about the oil crisis of the 1970s. He talked about people using a tube to siphon gas from other vehicles. In fact, people would install gas guards in order to prevent this from occurring. Therefore, when I think about some stealing gas in Jacksonville, Florida, I think of gas siphoning or gas and go (driving off without paying for gas). Siphoning gas is theft. If a person were to siphon gas, he or she would only be able to take an amount that would establish grounds for a petit theft. Jacksonville Petit Theft and driving off without paying for gas are both misdemeanors.
With Jacksonville Theft crimes, the higher the dollar amount stolen, the more serious the crime. If the dollar amount $300 or more, the crime is a felony. A felony gas theft occurred this week in Jacksonville, Jacksonville.com reports that 1,300 gallons of gasoline were stolen “from First Coast Shell at Greeland Avenue at Ramona Boulevard in Jacksonville. Station operators called in the theft at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, reporting that $5,200 worth of gas was taken sometime after 10 p.m. the night before.” If the perpetrator is caught, he will certainly be facing a Jacksonville Felony Theft Charge.