Firefighters arriving to deal with what was reported to be a fuel leak from a van in Ventura found themselves dealing with a stolen vehicle outfitted with a huge tank apparently used to steal fuel.
It happened at around 8 last night, in a Ventura neighborhood south of Highway 126 near Saratoga Avenue. Firefighters used absorbent material to keep the leaking fuel from running into a storm drain. They then discovered the fuel wasn’t leaking from the van’s mechanical area, but was instead coming from the cargo area.
They found a 500 gallon tank in the back of the van, along with a pump, and hoses. The leak couldn’t be controlled, so a hazardous material truck had to be brought in to remove the fuel.
No arrests have been made, but Ventura Police are investigating the situation.