Friday, October 19, 2007

Creative profits

The best way to turn a definate profit in your business is to first keep the costs of your overhead down. One businessman in Winter Haven FL it seems had discovered how to creatively aquire his product and maximize his profits.

Hobert Gibson, 70 did not know that police were observing him on Tuesday, October 16 2007, while he stood outside his pick-up truck at a Cumberland Farms gas station. Not many people would have paid attention to him as he waited, propping his arms on the door window. They probably also had no idea why he was just standing there, waiting but police did.

Gibson it seems had devised a system to steal gas from the underground tanks at gas stations and pump it into the trailer his truck was towing. Polf County detectives stated that they had observed him stealing about 400 gallons of gas from a Lakeland gas station and had followed him to the Dade City store.

Detectives would not state how they had come to suspect Gibson but at least one Lakeland store had reported 11,000 gallons of fuel missing since January 2007. They did state that Gibson was towing a box trailer that had been reported stolen from a Lakeland business in 2005. He had cut a trap door in the bottom in the bottom of the trailer and then park it above the underground fuel tanks at a gas station. Gibson had maritime batteries to power the fuel pumps that would load the gas into his trailer and then offload it to larger tanks at his Winter Haven business, Crews Towing for later sale.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd stated that they believe he had been stealing approximately 3,000 to 10,000 gallons of fuel each week from gas stations and added that this is the first time he has seen this kind of theft. Gibson was arrested for stealing nearly 1,000 gallons of gas and faces two counts of grand theft.

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