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Gas station attendant arrested for allowing illegal containers

A gas station attendant was arrested Monday night, Nov. 5, for allowing a customer to pump gas into unauthorized containers.

Mohd Awawdeh, 36, was charged with violation of regulations for flammable or combustible liquids into unapproved containers.

Police received a call that a person was pumping gasoline into four large barrels in the back of a truck bearing New York plates at the Shell station at 1139 Post Road.

The operator of the truck told officers he had driven from the Bronx, N.Y., to get gasoline for his company. He said he had been told by the attendant it was OK to pump the gas into the barrels.

Including gas put into the truck’s tank, the New York man had purchased $400 worth.

Firefighters were called to the scene and the gasoline was poured into a reservoir.

Awawdeh was released on a promise to appear in court Nov. 19.

Sgt. Suzanne Lussier said the gas station is responsible for ensuring that appropriate containers are used to hold fuel.

Long lines of cars, many bearing New York plates, were seen at the rest areas on I-95 and stations on the Post Road on the western edge of town as Long Island and New York experienced shortages. Gasoline is on hand in most places in New York, but the power to operate the pumps has not been restored.

That has sent drivers into Connecticut seeking gas, some in illegal ways.

In Orange, a New York man and a gas station attendant were both charged after the New Yorker filled buckets purchased at Home Depot with gasoline.

Fairfield police were also called to the Cumberland Farms on Kings Highway East Nov. 4 at 9:31 p.m. when a customer argued with an attendant about pumping gas into plastic garbage cans.

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