A woman who bragged to her neighbour after getting a full tank of petrol during the fuel crisis had it stolen from her car.
Jenni Turner, 34, was shocked when she returned to her Ford Fiesta to find someone had drilled two small holes in her tank and removed the fuel last Sunday.
Turner, from Erith, south-east London, had managed to get £50 worth of fuel the day before, after many forecourts had been closed due to panic buying.
She said: “George (her son) was riding his bike and must have disturbed them when he came around the corner."
Turner, who depends on her car for her commute to work as a childminder, added: “I’d never usually think to look at my car, but I did and all I saw was petrol coming out of the bottom.
“There were two holes about the size of a five pence piece and a huge puddle of petrol under the car.
“My neighbour saw what happened on CCTV and said it was three blokes who had a drill."
The thieves were captured on camera filling up two jerry cans with fuel.
Turner added: “At first I was upset and then I was just really, really angry.
“Most of the petrol had spilled on the floor, so they must have only got a few quids worth - it literally went down the drain."
To rectify the damage, Ms Turner has been forced to make an insurance claim, with the whole job costing more than £800.
Firefighters allegedly told Ms Turner that they had been attending to similar incidents all day.
Turner said: “The firefighters put what looks like two big pieces of chewing gum into the holes to hold the rest before my car is properly fixed.
“My family have had to help me out with taking me to-and-from work in the meantime.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called to a report of petrol being taken from a car at a residential property at 6.48pm on Sunday September 26.
“Following an assessment of available evidence, it was determined that there was no realistic prospect of identifying a suspect.
“The victim has been informed and the case has now been closed.
“Should further evidential opportunities come to light this decision may be reviewed.”
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