Ahwatukee Foothills resident Barry Eager says he monitors the gas mileage of his Ford F150 truck and was puzzled when the tank kept turning up dozens of miles short.
"I check my gas every time I fill up. I set the odometer and check the mileage," said Eager, a private construction estimator. "I kept noticing, ‘How did I lose 110 miles out of my tank?'"
The first incident happened about a month ago, he said. The second was about three weeks ago. And then he got hit twice last week. Thieves had been siphoning off his gas in the middle of the night while his truck sat in the driveway of his home near 41st Street and Ray Road.
That's odd, he said, because he and his wife stay up late and the house's exterior is well-lit.
"I have the most lit-up house in my entire neighborhood," Eager said.
The theft could be tied to skyrocketing gasoline prices, which have risen to more than $3 a gallon in many places, he said.
"That's the only thing that seems to defy gravity," Eager said of the high prices.
Since he installed locking gas caps on both his and his wife's car, he hasn't been hit again, he said.
Eager said he contacted police about the thefts. Lt. Matt Giordano, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman, said he has not noticed an increasing trend in gasoline theft reports in the Ahwatukee Foothills area.