A San Marco neighborhood has been targeted for a crime police say is happening more often in Jacksonville: gasoline theft.
On Sunday night, Clay Doughtie walked out to his truck and found it had been vandalized, and the crooks didn't leave much evidence behind. Police said someone drilled a hole in Doughtie's gas tank and drained out the gasoline.
"They did it quick," said Doughtie. "They didn't leave any evidence, they just drained the gas and were gone."
Not only did the crime clean out Doughtie's truck of fuel, but it's going to cost him at least $1,250 to fix the tank.
Crime analyst Ken Jefferson said it’s not a crime of opportunity, rather it is one with serious risks beyond neighborhood safety.
"You've got a person that is drilling holes into a gas tank, gas is spilling, they are catching some of it, but they are not catching all of it. That's a danger. Some one could be outside smoking, drop a cigarette and ignite flames," Jefferson said.
Doughtie told Channel 4 that he's not the only victim on his street. He said the same thing happened to his neighbor.
"This seemed like a nice area and I don’t like crime to be in the area doing anything," said Doughtie. "Vandalizing the vehicles or property, or anything like that."
Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-845-TIPS.