Dallas police and federal agents say they have closed an illegal gas station. They say the suspect was using a stolen credit card to fund the operation.
Flower Mound, Texas — Residents thought something was wrong when they smelled strong and kept watching trucks drive to the garage of the apartment in the middle of the night.
“The garage door was always closed, someone was ringing and annoying me at midnight,” a neighbor who asked not to reveal his identity told WFAA.
The inhabitants were so suspicious that he installed a camera to capture what was happening: truck people pulling up-and refueling.
“The garage door opened, the hose came out and it started to fill up,” explained the neighbor.
A task force consisting of the Dallas Police Department’s financial crime unit and agents from the General Procurement Department and the Inspector General began monitoring what was happening and attacked Flower Mound’s apartment early Thursday morning.
The WFAA was there when agents and police confiscated a truck behind a large plastic tank filled with what police said had stolen diesel fuel.
“From there, he ran his own gas station and resold fuel at a lower cost,” explained Lieutenant Julio Gonzalez, a financial crime unit at the Dallas Police Department.
Police arrested Yelson Valdez Martinez and said he was buying diesel with stolen credit and debit cards accessed by a skimmer device allegedly installed on a petrol pump.
“The bad guys…