A thief stole around 800 gallons of gas from a Detroit fuel station using the Bluetooth option on a cellphone to hack into the pump.
The owner of the Shell gas station on Eight Mile Road and Wyoming Avenue told FOX 2 Detroit thieves can override the system using the hack, and then it’s a free-for-all.
“They can take as much gas as they want and allow other vehicles to pump gas as well,” said the owner, who went only by the name “Mo.”
“They just open the pump for them automatically,” he added.
The thief took 800 gallons of gasoline worth $3,000, he said.
“Every time we push Pump Three stop, it wasn’t doing anything,” he said. “We have to shut off the whole pumps — we have emergency stops.”
Authorities are still looking for the alleged thief, the news station said.
Fox Business has reached out to the Detroit Police Department.
In another incident, one person distracted a clerk at a nearby gas station while someone outside hacked the pump for $54 worth of gas, according to the report.
Mo said his clerks are on high alert for backups at the pumps or people hanging around too long.
“We can only do so much,” he said.
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