A Florida suspect was arrested after officials accused him of stealing more than $9,000 in gas from Wawa locations in Orange County last year.
Suspect Yerrison Perez was charged with three counts of grand theft and one count of scheme to defraud on Friday, according to FOX 35 Orlando.
He was also arrested on an active warrant on September 8.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the arrest on Friday.
Perez was also arrested by the Orlando Police Department for fuel theft on August 19, 2022.
Authorities believe Perez stole gas from three different Wawa locations between June 17, 2022 and July 7, 2022.
At least 1,300 gallons of fuel were stolen, with a total value of more than $9,000.
Yerrison Perez was arrested after officials accused him of stealing more than $9,000 worth of gas from Wawa locations in Orange County last year. Orange County Jail
The FDACS began investigating the mysterious fuel thefts last year.
Video evidence helped investigators locate Perez.
“Based on video evidence, business records, bank records and other investigative techniques, OALE (Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement) positively identified Perez as the suspect,” the FDACS statement reads.
Video evidence helped investigators locate Yerrison Perez, who authorities say is responsible for the theft of 1,300 gallons of fuel from three separate Wawa locations between June 17, 2022 and July 7, 2022. AFP via Getty Images
The FDACS began investigating mysterious fuel thefts from Wawa last year. Jeffrey Greenberg/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
“This arrest is evidence that our continued collaboration with our law enforcement partners is successful in arresting these criminals and should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with stealing fuel in our state,” said the Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson said in a statement. Press release.
Perez was booked into the Orange County Jail after his arrest.
According to FDACS, Perez is being held on unrelated charges.