Gas Drive-offs

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Gasoline stations and law enforcement agencies expect more drive-offs when gasoline prices climb.

But record-high gas prices are giving Lincoln police a similarly dramatic increases in the number of people filling their gas tanks, then leaving without paying.

Police say last month there were 88 drive-offs reported. That was up eleven from April of a year ago. In March, there were 112 this year. March of 2003 had 69.

For this year alone, Lincoln police say they have had 374 drive-offs complaints. That is 27-percent above last year's pace.