Many local leaders expressed appreciation when the decision-makers of the Kum & Go gasoline station/convenience store chain decided several months ago to transform a mostly vacant field at the corner of Kiehl Avenue and Lantrip Road into a hotbed of Sherwood commerce.

In recent times, there are another group of people who are appreciating gasoline station/convenience store chain: gas thieves.

From the period of July 28 until Aug. 5, Kum & Go, reported four motorists pumped gas into their vehicles and drove off without paying.

During that period, no other gasoline station/convenience store reported a drive-off incident. The Kum & Go is located about a mile from the city police station also located on Kiehl and about one-half of a mile from the Lantrip Road Sherwood City Fire Station.

On July 28, Sherwood Police Officer Nick Litchfield was dispatched to Kum & Go in reference to a drive off.

Employee Michelle Harding told officers a white four-door vehicle with an Arkansas Tag License plate of 514SBB pulled up into a gas pump and got $27.75 worth of gas and left without paying. "Michelle was able to provide a copy of the receipt," Litchfield reported. "The receipt showed it happened at 11:59 p.m. at Pump 19."

Harding said there were two people in the vehicle. She was unable to tell police if they were male or female. A copy of the receipt was placed in the Sherwood Police Department’s evidence room.

On Aug. 1 at 10:48 a.m., employee Tony Kline told police someone drive off without paying for $25 worth of gasoline pumped into their vehicle.

"The suspect was the same individual from previous drive offs," reported Sherwood Police Officer Steven Henker. "He is a black male about 25 years of age driving a black Toyota sporty car. Maybe a Corolla with a wind scoop on the back of it."

Henker said the culprit drove away south on Lantrip.

On Aug. 3, at 2:45 p.m., Sherwood Officer Jeremy Farquharson was called to the Kum & Go in reference to a theft of motor fuel.

Upon arrival, Farquharson spoke with Kum & Go Manager Christine Dishler who said that about 2:07 p.m. a gold car drove off without paying for $25.05 worth of fuel pumped into their vehicle.

"It appeared to be a Honda Civic or Accord, but no further information," said Farquharson.

On Aug. 5, at 6:26 p.m., Sherwood Police Sgt. David Smith was dispatched to the Kum & Go in reference to another gas drive-off.

Smith made contact with Dishler who said at 3:20 p.m. a younger black male pumped 15.825 gallons of fuel, or $51.57, on Pump 3 and left without paying.

"Dishler stated that she could only tell that the vehicle was red and couldn’t determine the brand or model," Smith reported.