CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Smithtown man has been arrested after police said he filled up at 16 gas stations and then drove away without paying.
Walter Amerbach, 21, has been charged with 11 counts of petit larceny, Suffolk County police said.
During the past four months, police said Amerbach pulled up to gas station pumps throughout Suffolk County, asked the attendant to fill the tank and then took off without paying.
“They think, ‘oh, gas. They’re charging $4, they’re making so much money.’ But just like anything, there’s insurance here, got to pay employees. People stealing, it’s pretty serious stuff,” Wave gas station employee Paul Greek told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “It’s pretty gutsy. He’s a young kid, early 20s.”