Gasoline theft ring dismantled

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
More than $20,000 in gasoline had been stolen over the last few months.

Larry Munoz and Cesar Rodriguez.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO) - Local and federal law enforcement conducted an investigation that led to the dismantling of a gasoline theft ring in Brownsville on Wednesday, May 7.

More than $20,000 in gasoline had been stolen over the last few months. Olmito residents Larry Munoz and Cesar Augusto Rodriguez were arrested today for their participation in the theft ring.

Munoz, 41, worked as the manager of the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 745 W. Elizabeth St. in Brownsville. Munoz used a keypad apparatus to bypass security measures at a gasoline pump to steal gasoline from his employer. He was caught by law enforcement today utilizing the apparatus to provide Rodriguez, 43, with $244 in stolen gasoline at the convenience store.

Munoz and Rodriguez were both charged with theft and are currently being held at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center. The gasoline theft ring remains under investigation.

Conducting the investigation, with the assistance of 7-Eleven corporate headquarters, are special agents with Homeland Security Investigations-Harlingen and the Special Investigations Unit with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.


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