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Florida Man Arrested Stealing Gas While In A Stolen Truck

A Florida man, and serial fuel thief, was arrested by deputies after being caught with a 55-gallon drum filled with diesel in a stolen water tank truck.

According to deputies, just before midnight on July 29th, a road patrol deputy conducted a business check of a Punta Gorda gas station located on Jones Loop Road. 

The deputy noticed a suspicious flatbed water tank truck near the gas pump featuring an external 55-gallon drum on the truck bed. At the time of the incident, the gas station was not open for business making it impossible for fuel to be legally purchased.

As the deputy parked behind the truck, the driver, identified as 28-year-old Alejandro Rafael Ortego Perez, Miami, began walking towards the driver’s door of the truck.

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Tank Found Inside Truck SOURCE: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office

Investigators say the deputy asked Ortego Perez to down from the truck and show I.D.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Deputy received permission to search Perez and the truck, locating multiple blank swipe cards, a 55-gallon drum filled with diesel fuel, as well as diesel fuel covering the floorboard of the vehicle, giving off an intense odor.

Deputies later learned that the truck was stolen out of Lee County, Florida.

It should be noted that Ortego Perez was arrested in May 2021 for Unlawful Conveyance of Fuel in Charlotte County.

Ortego Perez was arrestedand chrged with:

  • Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • Loitering or Prowling

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