Elaborate gas thief arrested - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Elaborate gas thief arrested

February 2, 2007

Dougherty County -- A 47-year-old Perry man is caught in the act, stealing gas from a Dougherty County convenience store's underground tank using an elaborate pump system inside his car.

 Now, investigators wonder how many other stores he has stolen gas from.

Jeff Knighton is in the Dougherty County jail, charged with theft by taking and aggravated assault. This is his Ford Escort, set up with a pump connected to a huge tank in the back. A hose extends from underneath the car, to pump gas from the underground storage tanks. He also had several extra gas cans inside the car.

About 2 PM Thursday the manager of the Fast Lane convenience store on Sylvester Road spotted the car with the hose sticking down into her tank, right in front of the store. The manager's husband, Larry McKay, was dragged by the car as it tried to stop Knighton. McKay said "I went to snatch him out of the car, he threw it into gear and he proceeded to taking off with me inside the car. He got out there by Sylvester Road. That's where I lost my grip of him, and ended up rolling across the parking lot."

 McKay is bruised and cut after being dragged by the car, but he's OK.

An undercover GBI agent driving by saw the commotion and followed Knighton until Dougherty County Police stopped him about two miles from the store.

Investigators say they believe he also stole gas from another convenience store on Cordele Road earlier in the afternoon.

Dougherty County Police are asking store owners who think they might have seen this car, or had gasoline stolen from them, to call them at 430-6600.  

feedback: news@walb.com?subject=gasthief

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-19 04:35:21 GMT
    The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly