State police charged three people on Friday for stealing more than $55,000 in gas from a dozen area Sunocos over the past year.
According to state police, Richard Woloshun, 28, initiated the scheme that he and Vickie Stadterman and Jospeh Babilya took part in. Investigators said Woloshun found a fleet Sunoco card in a car that he was going through while working as a detailer at Auto Auction in New Stanton.
Instead of contacting the car’s previous owners, police said Woloshun shared the card with Stadterman and Babilya.
Trooper Steve Limani explained how the trio of friends was able to steal more than $55,000 in gas.
“While they were trying to solicit people to help them ring up the gas, they would say they won a card or pump gas for someone [and] in exchange they would take cash,” said Limani.
It took almost a year for Sunoco prevention to discover the unusually high gas charges on one of the cars in their fleet, a car that had been sold at the Auto Auction last spring.
“Obviously these three people weren’t doing it by themselves. They were using other people to solicit them unbeknownst to them, so those people wouldn't be in trouble at all. We’re just trying to get those people to come forward, get more info and find out the broad scheme of the scam of these people are running,” said Limani.