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Station wants theft charges in gas pump slip up

Here's a report from Sara Leaming:

Several motorists took advantage of an apparent computer malfunction at an Athol gas station Saturday, pumping more than 370 gallons of fuel for just a penny per gallon.

An employee Cydco Food and Fuel, 29801 N. Highway 95, said between 1:45 a.m. and 3:40 a.m. multiple people filled up after a pump malfunctioned, possibly from a computer or electronic glitch, a report from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department states. Customers at one pump were charged one-cent per gallon, instead of the $2.86.

An employee at the store said two people returned and to pay full price, but two other people returned multiple times to take advantage of the one-cent error.

Because transactions at the pump were so close together, the report states that the customers appeared to have contacted others to tell them about the price error.

Police are attempting to track down customers who paid once-cent per gallon through bank card numbers, the theft report says.

The total loss to the store is $1,073 in fuel.

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