OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Morgan County brothers were charged with felony theft after a drum of gasoline fell off the back of their trailer.
Oak Ridge Police Lt. Jack Mansfield told the Knoxville News Sentinel firefighters were called to the scene at around 3 a.m. because the drum had spilled fuel onto the street.
As they worked to clean it up, a man drove up with a trailer to reclaim the barrel.
The firefighters called police who found Troy and Robert Jackson hauling 10, 55-gallon drums of regular and premium gasoline and diesel fuel.
Mansfield said police believe the brothers siphoned the $4,500 in fuel from underground tanks at a local Phillips 66 station.
He said, "They probably would have gotten away with it if not for that dropped barrel."
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