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Cops: Alleged Gas Hoarder Says He Was Stocking Up for Neighbors

Orange Police issued the NY man a misdemeanor summons -- and one as well to the owner of the Valero gas station.

 

A man allegedly found filling 30 five-gallon buckets with gasoline at Valero (347 Boston Post road) told Orange police it was sold out in New York, and that he was stocking up gas for his neighbors, still in the middle of a blackout. But police charged him with a misdemeanor -- and also issued one to the station's owner, who they felt should have noticed the man repeatedly coming in to pay for gas, according to reports.

Police allegedly found the man -- Yunus Lasif, 47, of Richmond Hill, NY -- filling the buckets with gas and loading them into the back of a pickup truck at around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night.

Latif allegedly told police he couldn't get gas in New York, and that his neighbors gave him money and sent him off to find gas. According to reports, the buckets weren't secured in his pickup truck, and the lids were starting to expand.

Station owner Muniruzzaman Gomosta told police it was a busy night and he didn't realize what was going on when Latif kept coming in to pay for buckets of gasoline, according to reports. But police felt he should have noticed, according to reports, and charged Gomosta with a misdemeanor as well.

In the end, Fire Marshal Timothy Smith and D.E.E.P. officials on the scene decided to return the gas to its underground tanks, according to reports. Both men will appear in court in Derby on November 19.

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kim carone November 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
This is ridiculous! Those poor people in NY still do not have power- nor can they find gas. And they fine this guy who decided to go find a station so he could get power to his community. It's not like he was going to resell the gas. Have some compassion!
Linda November 12, 2012 at 01:30 AM
There is a limit on how much gas you can buy??? If you can pay for it so what!
June Rowton November 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
This is outrageous! He decided to be the one to go out and find gas for himself and his poor neighbors and he gets the gas taken away AND gets charged with a crime? Evil! I think I'll put a petition on change.org so people can try to get these charges dropped for this guy and the owner.
Mike November 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Since was it a crime to buy too much gas? Sometimes I think these cops make up laws as they go along.
Mike November 13, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The guy was not arrested for 'hoarding' gas as the headline may lead you to believe- he was charged because he collected the gas in five gallon buckets! Think about that- the guy was planning on driving around with 30 buckets filled with gas inside his car. I cam imagine you wouldn't want to be the one that he crashed into on the roadway. There are reasons why gas has to be pumped into appropriate containers, people.

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