Gas siphoned from Red Cross vehicle

July 10, 2008 1:04:54 PM PDT
The Monterey-San Benito counties chapter of the American Red Cross sustained a low blow Wednesday afternoon when gas was siphoned from its disaster response vehicle, the organization announced.

Gas thieves were able to steal the fuel despite the Chevy truck having a locking gas cap. The vehicle is used to tow and transport equipment and supplies when disasters occur in the area.

"I think this is just really sad and a sign of the times," said chapter Executive Director Paula Herrera in a prepared statement. "We try so hard to help people and to have something like this happen is just disheartening. It costs us $100 every time we have to fill up that vehicle."

According to officials, the chapter has to raise a budget of $850,000 annually without federal funding. To donate to the chapter, go to www.montereyarc.org.


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