NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville teenager was arrested and charged with theft after he was accused of tampering with a gas pump and stealing hundreds of gallons of gas.
Matho Collins reportedly pumped gas for other motorists for over an hour without paying.
According to Metro police, the 19-year-old is caught on surveillance standing by a gas pump at the Kwik Sack on Clarksville Pike this past Sunday.
He stood there for one hour and 20 minutes, pumping gas into car after car after car.
“This is the first time this ever happened to us, and so it is shocking to see people can come to the pump and get gas like this,” said Umang Patel.
The video shows cars lining up pump No. 1 with Collins driving cars like a gasoline valet to and from the pump.
In his arrest documents, police say Collins admitted to having knowledge of how to make the gas pump continuously give gas without having to pay.
“Basically, the car came up, a black Pontiac, he came and got gas and called his buddies like, ‘There is free gas; come on over,’ and he got on the phone and cars starting coming by,” said owner Patel.
Patel said about 1,200 gallons of gas with $2,400 has come up missing.
Collins remains in the Metro jail on charges of theft of merchandise over $1,000. His bond was set at $3,500.
He was arrested Tuesday after police saw him at the same convenience store, reportedly doing the same thing.
At 19 years old, Collins already has a lengthy arrest history. Since April, his charges include theft, possession of a handgun, drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.