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A local man was recently arrested for allegedly slicing a gas line of a catering truck owned by an area supermarket and siphoned the gasoline from the truck.
Austin Rupp, 20, of 45 Ranger Rd., North Kingstown, was taken into custody on Sept. 4 jointly by both East Greenwich police and North Kingstown police on the charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and attempted larceny under $1,500.
According to the police report dated Aug. 19, officers responded to Daveâ€™s Marketplace at 1000 Division St. in East Greenwich where they noticed a box truck owned by Daveâ€™s Marketplace that had its fuel line / tapper cut approximately 10 inches from the gas intake and there was a strong odor of gasoline around the truck.
When asked if he had cut the gas line to the truck, Rupp, according to the report, allegedly admitted to the crime, citing that he has â€śbeen going through hard timesâ€ť and that Rupp â€śdoesnâ€™t have a job or moneyâ€ť and is â€śtrying to get by.â€ť Rupp also told police that he committed the act at around 11 p.m. on Aug. 18. Rupp also stated, according to the report, that his girlfriend was with him at the time of the incident, but was not involved directly with the crime.
Back on Aug. 24, the security director for Daveâ€™s Marketplace, according to the police report, stated the company wants to go forward with the charges against Rupp on the grounds that the cost to fix the damaged fuel filler on the truck is approximately $175. Rupp is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 13 at 9 a.m.