Man gets 800 gallons of gas for 1 cent each using remote device, Texas officials say

A man got 800 gallons of gas for a penny each — and now he’s in trouble, according to authorities in Texas.

Deputies were called to the gas station on Monday, Nov. 21, after a business reported a man was using some type of device “to manipulate the price of fuel.”

A man was detained, and deputies found a remote in his pocket, according to a news release from Harris County Constable Mark Herman.

That remote kept the pump from registering the amount of gas he was taking, authorities said.

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In total, authorities said the man stole 800 gallons of gas for $8.

He was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail on a charge of “unlawful use of criminal instrument or mechanical security device” and other federal charges, according to the release.

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