Local police warn residents about gas theft as prices rise

Local police warn residents about gas theft as prices rise
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COLUMBUS, Kan. – Rising gas prices have resulted in an increase in gas thefts across the region.

Though the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says they have not seen an increase in their area, officers say these crimes increase when prices remain high.

“With the increase in the price of gas right now, we haven’t seen an uptick of theft of fuel recently but we do anticipation that and I think it is something we just need to be mindful of and take precautionary steps and some of those can be relatively easy,” said Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

To help prevent gas theft, officers say residents should get a gas cap with a lock. Residents can purchase locks.

Officers also say it’s important to park in a well-lit area.