Overland Park Police on alert for gas theft after someone drilled into U-Haul trucks’ fuel tanks

There has been a recent increase in fuel theft in the Kansas City metro as prices of gas continues to increase. On Feb. 26, Overland Park police took a report of someone drilling gas out trucks at a U-Haul location on 78th Street and Metcalf Avenue. File photo.

Warnings are being sent out by two Kansas City area police departments, including Overland Park’s, after a handful of recent reported incidents of fuel being stolen from vehicles’ fuel tanks.

The incidents come as gas prices have spiked in the U.S. over the past month, hitting a national average of $4.33 a gallon on Monday, according to CNN.