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Deputies patrol pumps for price gouging

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 13, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Drivers stood in disbelief this morning as they filled their tanks. "I think its outrageous," said Leon Carr.

"This is really bad," said William Carswell.

"I think it is price gouging. Prices shouldn't be this high," said Jerry Griffin.

All of them stunned at how much more they are having to pay for a gallon of gasoline compared to what they paid just a day ago. "It's almost a dollar more a gallon and that's just to high to fast," said Carr.

Governor Sonny Perdue enacted an executive order against price gouging, and now local law enforcement are taking action. "Officers will go out and during the course of their normal duties, they will keep a record of all of the prices of all of the gas stations," said Captain Craig Dodd with the Dougherty County Sheriff Department.

And they say they don't have to go far to find suspicious pricing." $3.59 is what it was just prior to the order being issued. So there is a great deal of discrepancy here," said Dodd.

Their reports will be sent to the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs to be further investigated. "If they gouge now, they will pay later," said Dodd.

And this crime that is not unfamiliar to the area. "I understand that there were quite a few gas stations in Southwest Georgia that were levied very heavy fines because they were determined to be price gouging," said Dodd.

But Deputies wants everyone to know that, "we are out there, we are checking," said Dodd. And violators will be punished. If you think there's price gouging in your town , you can call the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs at (404) 651-8600 or (800) 869-1123.

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