PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The thought didn’t immediately come to Tawny Lennon and her friend when they hopped in their car and found their gas tank on empty. First, they were confused — they were sure there was gas in the tank. Then, after some thinking, the realization came.
“Once it did, she was crying,” Lennon said of her friend.
That’s because they realized that their gas had been siphoned. That shock is a bad start to anyone’s day. But for Lennon’s friend, it was even worse. She was on her way to OHSU — a 7.5 mile trek — to get chemotherapy treatments.
“She could probably get there with TriMet but it takes a long time and that’s just inconvenient,” Lennon said.
“The whole day was messed up because of that.”
This happened in the Lents neighborhood. Three weeks ago, KOIN 6 News talked to another woman who said she’s been the victim of gas siphoning. She said it costs her a couple of hundreds at least.
“My neighbor on the corner, he’s had his gas stolen, he’s had his car stolen. other neighbors have had their gas stolen,” the woman said. “It’s an ongoing thing.”
The woman as since put up security cameras and installed a locking gas cap.
“I’m not sure what else to do,” she said.
Lennon’s friend, who’s battling cancer, also put up security cameras. Lennon hopes it doesn’t happen to her friend again.
“I’m nobody to judge but just maybe think twice — think twice about the person you’re doing it to,” Lennon said, in regard to people siphoning gas.