Man botches pickup theft by putting in gas instead of diesel

Photo courtesy of Pasco Police Department

PASCO, Wash. – Pasco police want to identify a man who stole a Dodge Ram mega-cab pickup — but evidently failed to notice it was a diesel.

Police said the pickup was stolen out of Richland on Monday, Dec. 23 at about 7 a.m, when the owner left it running to grab something from their house.

The truck was nearly out of gas when it was stolen.

By 8 a.m., police said a man was caught on camera at a gas station on 10th and Lewis putting a couple buts of gas in it. While he was there, a family friend noticed the truck and contacted the owner about it. The man left in the truck a short time later and the gas station clerk was made aware of the situation.

A couple hours later at about 10:30 a.m., the man returned to the gas station. This time, he wanted to put a few bucks of diesel in the truck.

Police were called, but someone confronted the man at the gas station before they arrived.

The man reportedly threw the keys to the truck, claimed that someone else stole the truck — not him — then took off running. Now, police want to know who he is.

He’s described as a Hispanic male, about 5’6″ to 5’9″ tall with braces on his teeth and tattoos visible on both wrists and the backs of his hands.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call dispatch at 509-628-0333 or email Officer Greenhalgh at about Pasco case 19-39848 PSV.