Man Caught Siphoning Gas At Vero Beach Church

Vero Beach man caught siphoning gas from cars in church parking lot.
Vero Beach man caught siphoning gas from cars in church parking lot.

VERO BEACH – A 39-year-old man was arrested on charges of Felony Auto Burglary and Theft after siphoning gas from cars at a church in Vero Beach.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office received a call from two people at a church parking near 1075 11th Street SW in Vero Beach about someone stealing gas.

The victims said they saw a man with a long beard siphoning gas from one of their vehicles into a red gas can.

The yelled at the man, and the suspect threw the hose into the woods and left a red gas can by the front doors of the church, according to the report.

One street over, on 12th Avenue, another Sheriff’s deputy found a man matching the description standing by a truck.

Burton Jones, who had an odor of gasoline emitting from his person, told the deputy that his truck ran out of gas. He said he was asking people if he could have some gas or get a few dollars to buy it.

Jones denied siphoning gas from the vehicles at the church.

Deputies found the siphoning hose in the woods and a red gas can by the front doors to the church.

Jones was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail.

He still insists that “he did not do anything wrong,” the report said.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.