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.