Petrol thefts from Sainsbury’s are on the way down, according to June’s crime figures for Castle Vale.
Only one motorist has driven off from Sainsbury’s Petrol Station without paying since an action meeting involving local police, neighbourhood manager Ruth Miller, and Sainsbury’s manager Dominic Zeal three weeks ago. The station had experienced a significant rise in petrol thefts in recent months, but Sainsbury’s have now put into place a series of measures designed to stop the thefts.
Since the new measures, the quality of evidence against petrol thieves has improved dramatically says Sergeant james Nix. “Word is getting out that the Sainsbury’s forecourt is no longer a soft touch,” he said. Two arrests have been made for petrol thefts. One is awaiting trial, the other has been sentenced to 27 weeks in prison, having committed seven petrol theft offences and been charged with driving whilst disqualified.