Monthly record of drive-offs increase by 60 per cent at Aldersbrook Service Station

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Sujee Jeevaratnam outside an Esso pump station Sujee Jeevaratnam outside an Esso pump station

More than £9,000-worth of petrol has been stolen from a petrol station in the last month.

Esso service station in Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead, has reported 20 incidents of customers leaving without paying, with the majority happening in the last two weeks.

Service Supervisor, Sujee Jeevaratnam, 36, said he has no idea why there has been a spike recently.

“Every day this is happening and the average fill-up and drive-off is between £50 and £120, so it is a lot of money,” he added.

“Myself and the staff follow the necessary procedures, but there is not much we can do to stop it from happening in the first place.

“The police are being very helpful and are helping us with our inquiries but again, it doesn’t stop motorists from driving off without making payment, and no-one has yet been caught.”

On average, petrol stations expect a loss of between £500 and £600 a month due to non-payment for fuel.

According to Mr Jeevaratnam, the type of individuals involved in the crime are mixed, but says there has been a number of van drivers not paying for fuel using fake number plates.

A Police spokesman said the force is working closely with staff to try and identify the suspects.

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1:26pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Sujee Jeevaratnam, 36, said he has no idea why there has been a spike recently.

This is not Rocket Fuel Science.

Obviously the price of fuel has rocketed and people who are driving vehicles on the road without being able to pay to run them including maintaining them?

Why the do not just have a system of paying in advance is beyond me. I personally would not mind paying in cash or card beforehand.

As regards the vans, there are increasingly, numerous medium sized vans driving around all day and night 'collecting scrap' metal, many by 'enriching East Europeans', how do they manage to run these vehicles financed on a few bits of old toot? There are hardly any Police around to pull them up and one wonders if they have all the necessary documentation to drive the vehicles as regards, Insurance, Tax, Driving Licenses and MOT's.

People are getting their number plates nicked as well which can be a great inconvenience. Some one will pay for the losses no doubt and this will probably be passed on to the innocent motorists.
Sujee Jeevaratnam, 36, said he has no idea why there has been a spike recently. This is not Rocket Fuel Science. Obviously the price of fuel has rocketed and people who are driving vehicles on the road without being able to pay to run them including maintaining them? Why the do not just have a system of paying in advance is beyond me. I personally would not mind paying in cash or card beforehand. As regards the vans, there are increasingly, numerous medium sized vans driving around all day and night 'collecting scrap' metal, many by 'enriching East Europeans', how do they manage to run these vehicles financed on a few bits of old toot? There are hardly any Police around to pull them up and one wonders if they have all the necessary documentation to drive the vehicles as regards, Insurance, Tax, Driving Licenses and MOT's. People are getting their number plates nicked as well which can be a great inconvenience. Some one will pay for the losses no doubt and this will probably be passed on to the innocent motorists. Billy Yerache

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