Professional, Polite, Prepared to Kill

Gas thieves use cigarette lighter at the wrong time

GRAND JUNCTION – The sheriff’s office says two men trying to steal gas from a boat instead started a fire.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office says Cody Sellards and Timothy Long tried to steal gas from Hank Ibarra’s boat early Friday morning.

“They were looking inside the gas can to see how much room, or how full the gas can was of gas,” said Heather Benjamin, spokesperson for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. “They looked into it with a cigarette lighter and the fumes caught on fire.” More from 9News

File this under “Stupid Criminals”.


May 2, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime | ,


  1. Did either one of these rocket scientists get burned??

    Comment by TexasFred | May 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. They tracked Sellards down at a local hospital where he was being treated for burns. Didn’t say the extent of his injuries…..

    Comment by rtaylor83305 | May 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. You should file this one under “gene pool improvement.” Of course, these idiots may have already bred, but we can still hope for the best.

    Comment by Just John | May 3, 2008 | Reply


    Thanks for the weekend laugh!

    Comment by michiganredneck | May 3, 2008 | Reply

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