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Brothers in Calif. help capture alleged fuel thief

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two brothers took down a gas thief accused of stealing from multiple stations, and it was all caught on camera.

Jim Adam, co-owner of a gas station in southern California saw the suspect at around 6:00 a.m.

Investigators say he swiped his credit card, then used a device to de-activate the meter, allowing him to fill up empty drums in the back of his truck for free.

When Adam noticed what was going on, he went after the man.

"I told him, I said, 'Hey, don't move!' He dropped the pump and jumped in his car," Adam said. "I went chasing after him; I pulled him out of the truck, and he slammed it into drive and just...jumped on the gas...and the car just took off."

The truck crashed into a light pole, just missing a transformer.

Adam and his brother tackled the man to the ground and held him until Sheriff's deputies arrived.

Investigators say he's stolen more than 100 gallons of gas from stations in Los Angeles, Orange County, and other cities.