Prices Up But Drive-Offs Down

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Gas Customer Terrance Jackson says he is longing for the good old days.

"I'm waiting for the prices we had back in 1991 or 92."

But it doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon. This week prices at the pump jumped to just under $3 a gallon or regular unleaded. Such high prices often mean more cases of thieves driving off without paying for their fill-up.

However, Lansing Police Lt. Bruce Ferguson says this time, it’s not the case, "We just haven't seen what you would expect to see when prices go up like this."

He and area gas station managers credit more prepay-only pumps, public awareness of the penalties, and surveillance cameras. Gas thieves can face jail time, fines, and lose their licenses.