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More than 800 gallons of gasoline stolen from station

Published On: Feb 13 2014 08:56:05 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 13 2014 02:00:00 AM CST
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OROVILLE, Calif. -

A gas station in Oroville is hoping investigators find the culprit behind more than 800 gallons of gas stolen Monday night.

Surveillance shows a small group of men breaking into a gasoline pump at the Union 76 station on Feather River Blvd.

The group made off with 839 gallons of premium gas worth just under $3,200.

Gauray Sharma, the cousin of the store's owner, worked there for eight years. Sharma says, "he cut everything off, threw the nozzle on the ground, and opened the box."

So how did he get in? Sharma says he had a key, and that's not all -- at least one of the men had a working knowledge of how to access the premium gasoline.

Along with surveillance video, police have a receipt; the culprit used a credit card to access the pump. It could have been a mistake, because the cardholder can be tracked down; however, it could be a stolen credit card.

This isn't the first time. Last year, 200 gallons of gas were stolen the exact same way, in the exact same place.

In fact, the location may have something to do with it. The gas station stands next to Highway 70, making it an easy access point, and a convenient spot for a quick getaway.

Sharma believes these are the same suspects from the robbery a year ago. "They did the same thing that they did last year. They used a credit card, and they know how to get all of the premium out."

The gas guzzlers needed 70 minutes to steal the 839 gallons of gas they got away with.

Oroville Police are hoping during that span, the left behind clues to fuel their investigation.