Cops arrest 1 of 2 suspects after theft of $1,000 in gas

Police are still looking for this unidentified suspect.
Police are still looking for this unidentified suspect.
Quinton Wright is behind bars. (Source: CCDC)
Quinton Wright is behind bars. (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police have arrested one man in connection with the theft of $1,000 worth of fuel from a downtown gas station.

Police say 35-year-old Quinton Dewayne Wright is one of the two suspects who stole the gas from a station at 1968 Meeting Street last Sunday at 9:17 p.m.  He is charged with property crime enhancement.

Officers are still looking for a suspect who parked his 18-wheeler, and then entered into the store and presented the teller with a TCH credit card.

That card is required before pumping is authorized.

Authorities say the gas station does not have the ability to pre-swipe credit card purchases for the diesel truck bay. The teller authorized the pump to be used. Only after the pumping was completed could the teller swipe and charge the card.

A police report states that the suspect put diesel fuel into the truck, then the truck pulled out from the bay. At that time, a second 18-wheel truck entered the bay and pumped gas.

The total amount pumped from both trucks was 273.785 gallons valued at $1022.86.

When the teller swiped the card, it was discovered that the card was not functional. Police say the suspect never returned for the card. Authorities say it was apparent from video surveillance that the incident was a coordinated effort.

The gas station manager told investigators that a similar incident took place in May.

If you have any information regarding the other suspect in this case, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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