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PTC Police gas theft investigation leads to arrest
PTC Police gas theft investigation leads to arrest

PEACHTREE CITY -- (Fayette Daily News) An Atlanta man could face several years in jail, along with a $1000 fine for the theft of motor vehicle gasoline from a local gas station following an investigation the Peachtree City Police Department initiated in early February.

Peachtree City Police Capt. Rosanna Dove said the initial complaint allegedky involved 30-year-old Harrie Rodriguez Mapp purchasing a relatively small amount of gas for his van. But it turnes out he was actually pumping a larger quantity of gasoline without paying for it at an undisclosed location.

As the investigation progressed, it was determined that several other jurisdictions had similar reports of large quantities of gas being pumped when the subject purchased a lesser quantity, Dove explained.

Investigators concerns came to an end February 22 when they connected Mapp to the incidents. He was taken into custody for felony theft by taking and misdemeanor criminal trespass.

“The vehicle, a newer model white panel van, was located and found to have a large gasoline holding container installed in the interior,” said Dove.  “Due to the construction of this container, the Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division was notified.”

She added members of the agency responded to the Peachtree City Police Department to inspect the van.  As a result, Mapp was also charged with the following offenses: failure to comply with hazmat procedures, no hazmat shipping papers, unsecured load, no medical examiner’s certificate and unsecure load.

The investigation is still pending and due to the method used to obtain the large quantities of gas, no further information is being released at this time, police officials said.

If anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call the Peachtree City Police Criminal Investigations Division at 770-631-2510 or the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline at 770- 487-6010.  All callers remain anonymous.