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Gas tank vandal strikes the same apartment complex twice

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A gas leak at a Sioux Falls apartment complex has some neighbors concerned.

Except these leaks were no accident.

Police are investigating a series of gas leaks from cars which have been vandalized since the beginning of the year.

There were seven gas tank incidents last month.

And just last night, the gas tank vandal or vandals targeted three cars

It was the second time in two months at an apartment complex in the 4700 block of South Oxbow in Sioux Falls, which has neighbors concerned.

Edgar Esquibel moved to Sioux Falls from California. He's surprised anyone would vandalize someone else's car in an attempt to steal gas.

"Not being originally from this area, I've come to think of Sioux Falls as a very quiet and safe town to live in, with things like that not happening, it's out of the norm for sure," Esquibel said.

Esquibel is aware gas is relatively inexpensive in South Dakota, something the gas tank vandal seems unaware of...

"The price, a lot of people complain about it, but it's a lot worse in other places in the country. Also, the damage done to the vehicle is a lot more than what I'm sure they got in gas. Now the owner's stuck having to replace the gas tank," Esquibel said.

Tires Tires Tires service manager Ty Danner recognizes the dangers of gas theft.

"The majority of newer vehicles are going to be a plastic gas tank. so you're not going to get anything of that, but as far as the drill apparatus itself, that's going to throw some sparks and heat. I would think that would be a highly dangerous ordeal," Danner said.

Sioux Falls police have some simple advice to protect ourselves.

"The best thing is to keep an eye out for anything that looks out of the ordinary. it's going to keep an eye on your property, your neighbors and anybody else that's parking in the parking lot. If you see somebody crawling under a car , I'd probably call the police," Officer Sam Clemens said. "

Esquibel has two cars, but one garage which has him concerned....

"It's one of those things where now I'm going to walk by and check to make sure there is no gas leaking out of the bottom of my truck on a regular basis just because... And probably call my insurance to make sure it's covered," Esquibel said.

That's a good piece of advice, you may want to check with your insurance company to see if this would be covered or not.

Depending upon your policy and deductible, you might see some out of pocket expenses if this should happen to you.

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