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Orange County Gas Thief Caught

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on April 23, 2014 · 0 comments

in Los Angeles, Orange County, Theft / Shoplifting

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Orange County criminal attorneyA man accused of stealing gasoline from gas stations in Corona, Los Angeles and Orange County was caught by the owners of one station where he attempted to commit another theft.

Zahir Shabazz was using his credit card and another device that deactivated the meter to steal more than 100 gallons of gas at one time from different gas stations across Southern California. Investigators say he filled up his truck and additional gas drums in the back during the thefts.

However, during his last attempt, around 6 a.m. on April 1, two brothers who owned a 76 Station in San Juan Capistrano chased after him when they realized what had happened. Jim Adam ran after Shabazz, yanking him out of his truck as he tried to flee. The truck sped away empty, crashing into a light pole and barely missing a nearby transformer. Adam’s brother also tackled Shabazz, and the two held him until Orange County sheriffs’ deputies arrived. No one was injured.

In California, when you steal an item worth less than $950 that is not in a protected class, and it’s not taken directly from someone, it’s considered petty theft under Penal Code 484 & 488 PC. Petty theft is a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in county jail.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

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