Gasoline thefts popping up at Massachusetts marinas

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With gas selling for about $5 a gallon at Massachusetts' South Shore marinas, local authorities say thieves have started going for the large gasoline containers that some boat owners leave on deck, rather than fishing gear and marine electronics.

Harbormasters and marina managers say on-the-water thefts are still fairly uncommon, but the incidents they now see are more likely to involve a gas container left on deck than other valuables.

“It’s a new phenomenon we came across really last year,” Lt. Robert Gillan of the Quincy Police Department’s Marine Unit told The Patriot Ledger newspaper.

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