NYC Man Arrested in Alleged Gas Hoarding in Conn.
Police say a Queens man filled 30 five-gallon plastic tubs with gas
Police arrested two men Sunday for their involvement in alleged gas "hoarding" in Connecticut.
Police say Yunus Latif, 47, of Richmond Hill, Queens filled 30 five-gallon plastic tubs with four gallons of gas each at a station in West Haven, Conn. with the intention of bringing it back to neighbors in New York.
A witness reported seeing Latif loading up plastic containers filled with gas into his truck. When police arrived, they discovered the tubs with gas loaded in the back of the truck. The plastic lids were expanding, police say.
Gas can only be transported in Department of Transportation approved containers.
Police also arrested the attendant at the gas station, 41-year-old Muniruzzaman Gomosta, who sold the gas to Latif but said he did not realize he was buying so much gas because the store was busy.
They were both issued misdemeanor summonses for violation of regulation concerning flammable or combustible liquids.
It was not immediately known if they had lawyers.