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Published September 11, 2012, 09:31 PM

Cars on MSUM's campus are being siphoned of gas

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Gas has been siphoned from a number of cars on MSUM's campus, and in the surrounding area.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Gas has been siphoned from a number of cars on MSUM's campus, and in the surrounding area.

Police are still investigating. Yet MSUM students suspect other students.

They say the high cost of gas is forcing people to pinch pennies.

Aryn Sand/MSUM Student: "Desperate for money I guess. When people go to college they realize how much everything is. If people are willing to do it and get free gas, that's what they're willing to do."

Mathew Powell/MSUM Student: " gas prices the way they are, students trying to save money wherever they can, around you, you got plenty of gas, if you can get into them."

Police, on the other hand, aren't narrowing down suspects just yet. They're still investigating.

Problems started two weeks ago when 70 gallons was siphoned from a contractor's truck on MSUM's campus. A daring crime with potentially dangerous repercussions.

Greg Lemke/MSUM Public Safety Director: "If a match goes off, or somebody is smoking, the person doing it could injure themselves."

In addition, Lemke says 8 or 9 vehicles had their gas caps removed, but they caught the suspects on camera.

Lemke: "we were able to see some people doing it, but it wasn't close enough to see who they were or get description on them and a vehicle."

Public Safety is now switching gears, ramping up patrols.

Lemke: "make sure people are out at night, looking for anybody wandering around lots that shouldn't be here.:"

Students say MSUM's bright lights and security cameras are comforting, but perhaps not enough to ease their worry.

Sand: "it's concerning, that people are doing things like that."

Powell: " I definitely wouldn't want to leave my car here over night."

Even off-campus students reported gallons of gas missing. One victim had a gas line cut, leaving police to think the crime wasn't confined to campus.

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