Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 

Forget Minnesota nice:Thieves buy gas station with bad check,sell gas at low prices


Investigators say they are looking for the people behind the "bizarre" scam.

Forget Minnesota nice.

Some not so run-of-the-mill scammers in Waconia, Minn., pulled off a not-so-nice trick over the weekend, but they were able to give some unknowing customers of a gas station a nice afternoon break of sorts.

Last Saturday a gas station owner sold his store in Waconia to thieves who paid with a bad check.

The thieves then sold the gas and the store’s contents at cut-rate prices.

The thieves made off with almost $50,000 before the owner of the SuperAmerica gas station realized what had happened, according to a local ABC affiliate.

With gas at $3.85 a gallon, the station was mobbed with customers. By 6 p.m. the gas was gone and the store was wiped out, according to station KSTP.

After the owner sold the station to the buyers and received a down payment, he left the business under their control.

The scammers quickly lowered the gas price, undercutting stations in the area by more than 40 cents per gallon and selling everything in the store at half-price.

The result was lines of cars stretching around the block on Saturday, as drivers eagerly awaited the chance to buy the cheapest gas in town. After the gas was sold out, the thieves made off with the cash they had pocketed.
Left with nothing but a bounced check, the station’s owner has since reopened the business, hoping to recover some of his losses.

In addition to the theft, the scammers may face charges for selling gas at prices below locally regulated limits, according to investigators.

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