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Anastasia Hinchsliff fuels her SUV at a gas station in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

Anastasia Hinchsliff fuels her SUV at a gas station in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

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HINSDALE, Ill. (WBBM) – Here is something to think about the next time you’re draining your wallet to pay to fill up your gas tank – could someone steal your gas?

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, in Hinsdale last week, someone siphoned 18 gallons of gasoline form a vehicle.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Bernie Tafoya reports

Hinsdale Deputy Police Chief Mark Wodka says siphoning is much more prevalent than police know, because most people wouldn’t even notice a few gallons missing.

“Users who share their vehicle – they may be missing a few gallons here or there, and they may not even realize that they’ve been the victim of this kind of theft,” Wodka said, “and that would go unreported.”

Wodka said also says someone drove away this week from a Hinsdale gas station without paying.

Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association executive vice president Bill Fleischli says this is not a surprise.

“Drive-offs can be more prevalent when the price of gas gets up to a point that people find unacceptable,” Fleischli said.

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