Experts say that skyrocketing fuel costs are partly to blame in the
death of a gas station owner in
, on Friday, Aug. 19.
Husain Caddi, 54, was run over by a driver who was making his getaway
after stealing $52 worth of fuel. Caddi grabbed onto the vehicle – which
witnesses described as a gold or tan Jeep-style SUV – and was dragged across
the parking lot of the Fort Payne Texaco and out into the highway. Caddi died
when he fell from the vehicle, which then ran him over before driving away.
Police are still searching for the driver of the vehicle.
The Associated Press reported, because of increasing gas and diesel prices, many industry experts
are saying the number of drive-offs and violence at gas stations will increase.
Meanwhile, gas station owners are looking for ways to combat fuel
theft. Many stores have shifted to a pre-pay policy, but owners say that isn’t
much better because it cuts down on in-store browsing, which also costs them
In spite of this, the National Association of Convenience Stores said
that prepaying will become a bigger trend in the near future. Several cities – including
– have all passed ordinances making it mandatory for all fuel retailers in
those cities to require prepayment.