Record High Prices Drive Police Officer Into Stealing Gas

This is ex-police officer, Craig Bucknor. KSLA reports that the Minden, Lousiana police officer has been arrested and is being charged with felony theft for stealing gasoline from the city. It seems no one is immune from the rising cost of gas. More details, inside…

Recently Miden’s police chief, T.C. Bloxom, had noticed some irregularities in the department’s gasoline spending which began to arouse his suspicion. A subsequent investigation concluded that Officer Craig Bucknor was using a gas card assigned to a school resource officer and then using another officer’s personal identification number. According to Chief Bloxom, Bucknor used the department gas card 9 times which totaled $400 in the month of April. Additionally, Bucknor used the card twice in March for what is described as “a small amount.” The thirty-year-old Bucknor had been with the department since September, 2005. It’s a sad state of affairs when even our law enforcement personnel are driven to crime by high gas prices.

Minden Police Officer Arrested For Stealing Gas From City [KSLA]
(Photo: KSLA)

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  1. Joafu says:

    Why is the blame put on high gas prices? Could the integrity of the officer be blamed instead?

  2. apotheosis says:

    Anyone care to guess when we’ll start seeing Road Warrior-style armed hijackings of tanker trucks, resulting in tankers traveling in convoys with armed mercenary escorts?

  3. azntg says:

    @Joafu: How about both? The guy is obviously not fit to be a police officer AND the price of gas is ridiculously high, even in a state where there’s a heckuva lot of oil refineries.

  4. mavrick67 says:

    Give me a break, this wasn’t a guy putting 40 bucks in his tank because he was on empty and payday was 4 days away. 9 times for 400 bucks in one month? he probably filled up a few family memebers cars too, thats outright theft.

  5. differcult says:

    I call BS on all of you dumbasses who bitch about gas prices.

    Everyone is quick to bitch abou the price of gas, but I am sure all of you have Cable TV, High Speed Internet, 1-2 Cellphones, Home Phone, Like going out on the weekends, Blue-Ray DVD players….etc…etc…etc

    I get about 25 mpg and drive about 10000 miles a year. I paid $800 for gas two years ago, well now I pay $1400. Sure I would like the $600 back, but it isn’t going to kill me.

    Find something else to but back on…or maybe take mass transit somewhere.

  6. apotheosis says:

    We all envy your spartan lifestyle, differcult.

    And yes, we will get offa your lawn. Just don’t smack us with your cane.

  7. S-the-K says:

    He would probably have gotten away with it too if he hadn’t gotten greedy. If he had used it only for himself and kept it under $400 per month, it would not have aroused suspicion.

  8. Bladefist says:

    @differcult: They want their cake and want to eat it too.

  9. Shadowfire says:

    @differcult: Because, you know… mass transit is available everywhere. Especially here, in rural Vermont. Our subway system is freaking amazing!

  10. kingofmars says:

    People try to get away with stealing gas all the time. Every quarter my company puts out a security report. And every time there is some idiot that tries to use the company credit card for personal items, or filling up gas in their car. The funny thing is, it used to be worse when gas was cheaper.

  11. apotheosis says:

    @Shadowfire:
    Well, obviously, you should change your lifestyle to something which doesn’t require you to commute. There’s probably employment closer to your home, you might just have to take the salary cut and lower your luxury expectations.

    Ramen and Kraft mac and cheese are perfectly acceptable substitutes for steak. Can a million college students be wrong?

  12. dantsea says:

    @kingofmars: You’re right, there’s always some idiot. That’s what amuses me about small-time scammers and thieves, they really think that they’re the first person ever to do what they’re doing instead of considering that if someone like them thought it up, it must have been tried a million times before.

  13. Traveshamockery says:

    @Joafu: “Why is the blame put on high gas prices? Could the integrity of the officer be blamed instead?”

    Quoted for frickin’ truth.

    Yes, gas prices have skyrocketed recently. Yes, in the early 90’s it cost $.97 – but gasoline hadn’t risen with inflation hardly at all until the late 90s, and a lot of catching up occurred all at once.

    Of course, a large amount of blame should be placed on record oil company profits.

    Remember how when gas first regularly passed $2.00 a gallon, during Katrina, and the oil companies blamed all the damaged/destroyed oil platforms and oil refineries for the price hike? Well, most of those are operational again – where’s our discount?

  14. MumblesFumbles says:

    Still… that’s better than the Boston cop who robbed a gas station at gunpoint (this happened in January). Yes, it’s even posted on the Boston PD crime blog. [www.bpdnews.com]

  15. differcult says:

    @Shadowfire: Ever hear of car pooling or buses? Or maybe living closer to where you work.

    My point is more of a broad statement, I don’t see anyone going to Best Buy and complain about the price of LCD. But everyone feels since they “have” to buy gas, they can bitch about the price. When truth be told, we are the 111th most expensive out of 150 nations surveyed.
    If the price of gas is hurting you to the point of this man (Which he just used as an excuse) you are being 100% fiscally irresponsible. Period.

    @Bladefist at:I agree

  16. apotheosis says:

    Calling anyone who complains about gas prices shooting up that far, that fast a “dumbass” is, indeed, a fairly broad statement.

  17. Parting says:

    What an idiot. But it’s a good thing that he was caught on early, and cannot waste taxpayers money any more.

    And I’m sure he sucked as a cop.

  18. chartrule says:

    hopefully with his position in the community the courts make an example of him

  19. Shadowfire says:

    @apotheosis: You’re right, I’m sorry. I’ll go ahead and bike 15 miles each way to work (20 if I’m going to class that evening). On the interstate. With my boxes of ramen tied to the handlebars. My bad.

  20. apotheosis says:

    @Shadowfire:
    I seem to have mislaid my </sarc> tag.

  21. Shadowfire says:

    @differcult: Again, you don’t understand the financial and logistical situation in rural Vermont/New England. To get anywhere, you have to drive there. That means the grocery store, work, school, or anywhere else. Living in town raises the cost of rent by anywhere between 30-50%, and living in more rural areas is already god damn expensive.

    Since you obviously cannot read, I guess I cannot stress enough for you that THERE IS NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION! There are buses in town, but no where outside of town. Car pooling is only an option if you work similar hours to someone else, and organizing with 10 people different car pooling days and times is both unreasonable and just about impossible. Maybe I could get into a car pool to work, but how about class? Yea, I didn’t think so.

    So really, get off your god damn soap box. Its wonderful that gas prices aren’t affecting you, but they are affecting others, and your situation and “opinion” makes you look like an asshole.

  22. Shadowfire says:

    @apotheosis: Hah no, I read the tag just fine… perhaps we are using incompatible versions of Microsoft Sarcasm (TM). Every year they upgrade the damn thing, and the new ones never work with the old ones…

  23. differcult says:

    @Shadowfire: Lets pretend you drive 20000 miles a year…and so does you SO.

    40000 miles, at 20 MPG equals 2000 gal. $4000 two years ago, $7000 now. $3,000 is quite a bit more that $600, but this is just like the subprime, everyone feels the consumer is a victim…But you have set yourself up, buy an Focus and get 35 MPG That brings you back to $4000 a year for gas.

    Again, “If the price of gas is hurting you to the point of this man (Which he just used as an excuse) you are being 100% fiscally irresponsible. Period.”

    FYI – I’m single and live just fine in Rual Iowa on $38,000 a year.

  24. Shadowfire says:

    @differcult: We have a Focus, and for the record, we get better than 35mpg.

    Also, your living situation in Iowa is probably much different than ours. Some interesting numbers about the situations… the average home in Iowa costs around $82,000, and rent average is around $360. In Vermont, the average home costs $230,000, and the average apartment is closer to $600. The cost of living in Vermont is at least double that of Iowa, so once again, get off your soap box.

  25. Lambasted says:

    Gas prices are outrageous. Yesterday, I noted my station is at $3.89/gallon for standard gas, not even premium. My car takes about 17 gallons to fill up. How many can afford $70 to fill their tank?!

    And I am not interested in hearing Europeans talk about how much their gas is. Oops, I mean “petrol”. I live in America not Paris, France. Your government subsidizes (or not) your petrol the way it wants to and our government handles its affairs they way it wants to. We aren’t alike so stop comparing us as if we are. Your $7/liter petrol doesn’t have anything to do with how much my gas should cost me.

    I hate what the Bush Administration has done to this country. We are so far in the hole socially, economically, globally, I don’t know if it is even possible anymore to dig ourselves out of this mess. And I’d be saying the same thing if it had been a Democrat who created our living hell. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING was like this 8 years ago.

    I am beyond caring about party affiliation when I’ve got to come up with $80 to fill up my tank. Or deal with stores that ruthlessly screw over customers to the point of breaking the law because it is has become an “Every Man for Himself” environment. Post after post here is another sordid tale of how Company X told someone to go f*ck themselves rather than provide them with the bare minimum service. It’s almost Mad Max surreal how people have to live their lives now.

  26. kaptainkk says:

    @apotheosis: The Road Warrior scenario is coming, it just won’t happen in our lifetime.

  27. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    @apotheosis:
    “Ramen and Kraft mac and cheese are perfectly acceptable substitutes for steak. Can a million college students be wrong? “

    Woodstock, therefore a million college students can be wrong. QED.

    @differcult:
    Nobody complains about the cost of LCDs or Cable because they’re luxury items. Duh. Costs of essentials such as food and fuel, by merit of being essential, will bring cause for complaints. You think people are just BSing when their 3% raise can’t keep up with 6% cost of living increases? That they’re working just as hard as before and walking away with less for their efforts? There’s certainly some BSing going on but not from the complainers.

  28. Buran says:

    @Lambasted: As for the European prices — that’s a tax that subsidizes universal health care, education, and a lot of things that are privatized here in the US.

    You are still paying. It’s just that here you pay a private company and there you pay the government.

    Yet a lot of people are too blind to see this and pull out the “our gas costs $x, stop bitching” without asking themselves why that is.

  29. ChuckECheese says:

    @Shadowfire: Just wanna agree with you, and emphasize. MOST cities in the U.S. have no meaningful public transit for the majority of their citizens. This is not a matter of choosing. Should all the bus-less citizens of Oklahoma City move to central Seattle? Should the woefully transit-underserved citizens of suburban Phoenix move to Washington DC? Should all of New England move to Boston? I reckon Salt Lake City should relocate its citizens to Philly; that will be interesting. LA to NYC. Plano, TX should… oh, wait, we’re out of U.S. cities with transit. Maybe Plano could go to Toronto.

    @differcult: Big public-policy issues, and issues of resource allocation, are not matters of aggregated individual decisions (such as, “I think I’ll take the bus today!”). These things have to be designed, and planned, and funded. They exist (or not, usually not) in a political economy of competing and conflicting priorities. They cost real money, money that most cash-strapped cities don’t have.

    And the car lobbies and tony surburban neighborhoods despise the notion of public transit. The cars want you to need them; the richies don’t want undesirables to be able to catch a bus to their neighborhood. It’s not a matter of Calvinist, sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-God punishing the overfed materialist masses for their gluttony; it’s a matter of the utter unavailability of the resource you falsely think would be at the fingertips of every Jane and Joe, if only they’d stop buying on-demand cable porn and designer vegetables. There just isn’t any transit in most of the U.S. at any price.

  30. differcult says:

    @Lambasted: The Bush admin? LOL. Try the entire US goverment. What did any of the dems do when they got elected in the last mid-term election…congress has a 20% approval rating….LOWEST EVER. This goes far past Bush…

    I think a lot of you misunderstand the point I am trying to make. The increase in the cost of fuel should not have as large of impact as everyone is making it out to be…If your family is starving because of fuel, you have bigger problems.

    My solution was buying a new car and driving less, your solution could be to call your state rep and bitch.

  31. differcult says:

    @Shadowfire: Cost of living is higher, as shown here [cgi.money.cnn.com]

    But Avg. Income is also higher.

  32. differcult says:

    @Applekid: I can promise you 90% of the people bitching about the price of gas have all said luxuries. These said luxuries, far outweigh the added fuel cost.

    All the hype is sticker shock, gas has been well below the cost inflation for years, it just finally is catching up.

  33. edosan says:

    This just in: some people have been known to steal things sometimes.

    More news as it develops.

  34. whitjm5 says:

    Joafu FTW.

  35. ChuckECheese says:

    @differcult: Families living on less than $30K (even $40K)/year are supposed to triple their gas expenditures, along with the increasing costs of all other necessities, AND they’re supposed to go buy a (gas efficient) car, according to you. Oh, or they can buy a new house close to work. Are you aware that in many cities, zoning means that homes and offices aren’t near each other? For instance, there are very few homes near where I work. Where will everybody move to when they all want to live a mile from work? Who will build the highrises, and who will pay for them?

    It’s still a “let them eat cake” solution. Your perspective is focused on individual decisions, and doesn’t take into account that the changes to the economy are not greatly ameliorated by personal choices. It is quite common in this country to be so poor as to have to make hobson’s choices between gas and food, medicine or other things, even if you don’t see these things from what I will surmise is a rather yuppified and urban, childless and moderate to high-wage lifestyle.

    Are you aware that for average wage earners, wages have not increased much in over 20 years? Did you know that the median household income in my city of over 750,000 people is only $32K/year? I still see jobs paying the same wages they did back in 1985; in some regions and industries, wages have actually declined. If in the past two years, it costs me (and my spouse) $25 more a week each to commute to my job, health insurance has tripled, and food costs have doubled, we have 2 kids, and I’ve had a whole $2 in raises in the past 2 years, there’s plenty of info to see what the trouble is.

    Before you make the sorts of pronouncements you do about people’s consumption habits, I think at a minimum you should have data from multiple sources describing wage distributions, purchasing power, the prevalence of cable TV and these other luxuries you describe. As somebody who has spent a lot of time studying social welfare policy, I’ve seen that the biggest obstacles to change are people’s hidebound unwillingness to see things as they really are. Your lack of sympathy is galling. If things get worse, opinions such as yours will be an impediment to needed future changes in economic policies.

    /Oh, they can’t afford $4/gallon gas? Let them drive Austin Minis!
    /Qu’ils conduisent les gateaux!
    /Qu’ils mangent les Priuses!

  36. Lambasted says:

    @Buran: I liked what you had to say. It’s funny how people of different countries are used to paying their taxes in different ways. I’m used to paying for my healthcare (although I don’t like it) but if you dare mess with my gas prices, now I’m mad and calling for a coup. Versus Europeans who pay outrageous gas prices yet get their healthcare funded.

    @differcult: You are right. I was not comprehensive enough in my criticism. I have always been an Independent because I think both sides are full of shit. Dems bogarded their way into controlling the House with boasts of all this change that was coming. The crickets are still chirping they’ve been so quiet.

    I really would like to see someone elected who truly cares about this country. Not a politician but a patriot. Pipe dream I know.

  37. Lambasted says:

    @differcult: The American dream has to include more than work hard and look forward to taking the bus.

    I paid my dues, I studied hard, went to law school, and yet I drive a car that is 11 years old because I already pay a car note–it’s called gas. No luxury car for me.

    You are right, a LCD HDTV is a luxury. And I would love not to have to buy one. But unfortunately, my govt is making it almost impossible for me to avoid buying one due to their digital TV mandates. Try finding a tube TV these days and you’ll likely be buying one of the last ones. Nobody sells them anymore.

    When I found out that Best Buy and most major retailers were going to phase out tubes in 2007, I purposely bought a brand new tube TV Xmas 2006 so I could get a good one that would it would last me for a while and I could hold off buying a LCD at least until they were more affordable. Unfortunately, a power surge blew my tube out this past Nov. Walk into Best Buy and you are lucky if there is one tube on display. I was left with no choice but to buy a LCD–something I had tried in vain to avoid.

    The answer to dealing with a financial crunch is not to ask people what they can do without. Humans can do without almost everything in life. Food, water, a few clothes and hygiene essentials and we’re good to go, right? But is that truly living or just existing until we die? It would be nice if we all could participate in living and not just a few.

  38. differcult says:

    @ChuckECheese:
    I’m not sure what happened to my post that had the index of inflation compared to the price of gas, but gas is where is should be. SPOT ON.

    I’m staying with blame the “victim.” Everyone wants something for nothing, I saw this every day when I worked for the state. No one wants to work for a better life. $2 over two years OH NO! That’s $4160 more than you were making. If you don’t like it, challenge your employer to give you a raise or find new employment. The “But I can’t do this or that…” excuse really shows what is truly wrong with America. Those who work HARD ARE rewarded. I don’t work hard…so I make 38k. If I worked hard with my degree, I could earn around 90k.

    As far as people making “decisions” between food or gas. EVERY country will always have this, no matter how good the country is. But my argument isn’t aimed at them, I am bitching at the middle class and lower middle class.

    New car for me equaled a 96 Civic for $1,100. Far better mileage than my 1996 S-10. Made money after selling my S-10…New car doesn’t always equal “NEW”. Hell, people with pickups (10-14mpg) WOULD SAVE money by buying a cheap old used car for around $1000-1500 CUT THEIR FUEL COST IN HALF!

    Everything you have presented is just another excuse. All of your ideals are very, try problem solving with a positive attitude sometime. It actually works.

  39. differcult says:

    @Lambasted: I agree with you 100%. This countries leadership is in shambles. Too bad neither, Clinton, Obama, or Mccain can do the job.

  40. differcult says:

    @Lambasted: So, as an American I should live beyond my means? NO! No one should be bitching about gas until they are to the point where they are asking themselves “Do I feed the kids or do I fill the tank?” and before they answer that question they better ask themselves this question, “Do I spend my money on Luxuries?” Now most people will say no…But, TV, Cell Phones, Nicer Cars, Make Overs, insert random thing that isn’t needed here are luxuries. I grew up poor, my parents were poor, I wasn’t spoiled, I find having a cell phone almost too much and if the computer wasn’t part of my career choice, I most likely wouldn’t be posting on here.

    On a side note, there was a post 2-3 weeks ago about some family not paying their mortgage AND EVERYONE bashed them for living beyond their means. It’s the same thing here, just no one likes paying for gas.

  41. Shadowfire says:

    @differcult: That site links Chittenden County. Over a quarter of the population of Vermont lives in Chittenden County, mostly in the greater Burlington area. This is a more suburban area, but has public transportation (only within Burlington, Winooski, Colchester, South Burlington, Essex and Essex Junction, and Williston). The cost of living there is comparable to the rest of the state, but the wages are higher. Chittenden County is relatively easier to live in due to the somewhat closer range to amenities, and the county only covers about 620 square miles.

    This doesn’t account for the other 8630 square miles that are almost completely rural. I live in Windsor, which is in Windsor County, and it is the second biggest town in the county – at a population of a little under 4000. There are no amenities here, the grocery store is pathetic, no jobs, and the roads aren’t great. But we live here because we like the neighbors, because it is much cheaper than the White River Junction area (or Lebanon, NH), and safer (you may scoff at the idea of “safer” in Vermont, but the WRJ area has a significant amount of B&Es). Also, in these areas of southern Vermont, the wages tend to be closer to the state minimum wage, and no where near that 47k+ figure you found.

    @Lambasted: A Patriot? Those will never be elected… no one likes the truth. I mean, really, the closest we have this election is Ron Paul, and he has zero chance.

  42. differcult says:

    @Shadowfire: I was giving you information, the same way you gave me yours…Keep in mind most of iowa is farm land and do know what it is like drive 60 miles to the nearest walmart.

  43. Lambasted says:

    @differcult: No I am not talking about living beyond one’s means. I am just saying it is no way to run a country by telling citizens just stop wanting anything and you’ll be fine.

    @Shadowfire: Oh, I know. Like I said, it’s just an unfortunate pipe dream I have.