Police Arrest 3 for Siphoning Gas

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police in Marietta have arrested three men they say were siphoning gasoline from vehicles at an apartment complex.

And police say it's a crime that could become more common as gas prices continue to rise.

According to a police report, Kevin Gitonga, Ted Mbaya and George Mwangi were arrested Tuesday after using a garden hose and gas can to steal gas from five vehicles.

Police went to the scene around 4:30 a.m. after getting a call of someone trying to steal a vehicle. According to police, all three men ran when officers approached them. Mwangi and Gitonga were shot with stun guns before being subdued.

All three men were arrested and charged with felony obstruction and misdemeanor theft by taking.

Marietta police spokesman Mark Bishop says apartment complexes are popular places to siphon gas because of the high concentration of vehicles.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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