By Monica Pryts
PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP — A South Pymatuning Township man has been charged with stealing gas five times in less than two weeks from a Pymatuning Township gas station, police said.
Police don’t believe the rising price of gas had anything to do with the thievery.
David A. Peterson, 27, of 2856 Hunter St., Apartment 2, was charged April 23 with five counts of retail theft, driving while operating privileges have been suspended or revoked, driving an unregistered vehicle, operating a vehicle without valid inspection and no evidence of emission inspection.
All charges were held to Mercer County Common Pleas Court after a preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge William L. Fagley, Greenville.
Peterson was released after posting bond under the condition he does not visit any Sheetz store.
According to the police report:
Peterson stole gas from Sheetz, 270 Edgewood Drive Ext., on April 6, 7, 9, 15 and 16, a total of 49.6 gallons worth $136.66.
Sheetz employees called police at 5:17 p.m. April 16 with a description of Peterson’s vehicle and his license plate number. Police pulled over Peterson’s vehicle on state Route 18 in Hermitage near the South Pymatuning line.
Store employees did not report Peterson’s first four gas thefts because they were unable to get a good description of his vehicle or license plate number, police said.
Police Chief John R. Miller said Wednesday he didn’t know why Peterson’s license was suspended or revoked or why Peterson continued to steal gas, though Miller said he wouldn’t blame it on high gas prices.
A message left at Peterson’s home Wednesday was not returned.