A suspected gas thief in Utah was caught on surveillance camera catching fire after reportedly attempting to siphon gas from a truck with a drill.

According to Salt Lake City NBC station KSL-TV, the suspected heist and its flaming ending took place in the parking lot of Summit Fire and Protection on Tuesday morning. The incident follows other reports across the country of people hatching extraordinary schemes to siphon gas amid record-high fuel prices.

Summit Fire and Protection’s manager said that the suspect used a drill to breach the gas tank, causing a spark to ignite the fire.

“The guy tries to get the gas siphon out and he wasn’t getting the siphon to work. So he decides to drill into the gas tank…and that’s when it catches fire,” he explained.

Surveillance video of the event shows flames approaching the back of the truck before a man fleeing the car with his shirt on fire, dropping to roll on the parking lot to put out the fire meanwhile, his accomplice remained inside the van. The station said a pickup truck arrived for the man once the fire was put out.

Here’s what Mills told the station:

“The reason why he’s fleeing is that, if there were more gas in it than a gallon, this thing would have absolutely turned into a bomb. It’s sad because times are tough for a lot of people, but it’s not worth the $5 that he would have saved for the injury that the guy sustained.”

The price of gasoline has surpassed $5 dollars per gallon, even the cost is expected to continue to rise during the summer.

Here’s what the Salt Lake City Fire Chief Tony Allred said:

“Unfortunately, given gasoline prices across the country, we are seeing an increase in gasoline theft. Drilling a tank is extraordinarily dangerous for the person who steals the gasoline,” he added.

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Sources: Dailywire, Ksltv, Nypost

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