Cameras capture Arizona gas thief's wild ride

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by Jared Dillingham

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:13 AM

MESA, Ariz. -- A suspected gasoline thief crashed his truck into a home, after catching fire during the theft.

Mesa Police say a man in his 30s was using a homemade electric gas siphon to steal fuel from a truck in a driveway near Signal Butte and Broadway Wednesday afternoon.

A spark from the siphoning device may have caught the suspect's clothes on fire.

He ran into the street, rolling around, trying to extinguish the flames.

When he got back into his truck to flee the scene, the flames spread from the suspect's clothing to the interior of the pickup.

The suspect bailed out the door, but the truck kept rolling, and crashed into a garage a few homes down from the site of the theft.

"I heard a loud boom, an explosion, and just came running looking for hoses to put out the fire," neighbor Tim Worth told 3TV.

Mitch Drum caught the whole thing on newly-installed surveillance cameras. He ran after the suspect, who took off on foot after the crash.

"His shirt was on fire, but by the time I got to him, he'd taken it off, and it was obvious that he'd been burned. He was covered in soot and residue," said Drum.

The unidentified suspect is in the hospital, and will then be taken into police custody. He was the only one injured.

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