Detectives accused Alex Perez of using fraudulent cards and a "sophisticated" pump system to steal more than 178 gallons of diesel gasoline, the Hollywood Police Department announced Friday on Facebook.
The 35-year-old truck driver purchased about $480 of fuel at Racetrac, 5800 Hollywood Blvd. When a gas station employee grew suspicious of the modus operandi, he called police.
"The Hollywood Police Department has investigated several cases similar to this, where suspects utilize fraudulent cards and pump diesel gas into the gas truck," the city spokesperson wrote on Facebook. "They activate a suction pump which pushes the fuel into the hidden containers."
Detectives reported finding the truck was equipped with a suction pump to feed three hidden containers. They arrested Perez Oct. 2. He faces charges of unlawful conveyance of fuel, obtaining fuel fraudulently and grand theft.