A Wallingford man is accused of using some extreme measures to obtain free gasoline in Hamden and has been arrested.
According to Hamden police, Steven Guerette, 55, of 7 Burke Heights Drive in Wallingford, used a drill to puncture the gas tank of a parked vehicle at Sunoco Gas Station, located at 1978 State Street, around 9 p.m. on Tuesday and placed a four-gallon gas can under the car to capture the gas.
Police said Guerette was trying to hide behind several parked cars in the parking lot when they went to investigate and smelled of a strong odor of gasoline, which has been selling for more than $4 per gallon in Connecticut.
Police called the Hamden Fire Department because the gas can was overflowing and several gallons had filled the parking lot, yards away from the fuel pumps.
Guerette was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief in the second degree, larceny in the sixth degree and criminal trespass in the third degree.
He was released after posting a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Sept 17.