Detroit Citgo gas station ransacked despite green light and police response

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 17:27:28-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A Detroit gas station owner says he's fed up with months of harassment. Now he's taking his frustration to 7 Action News to get his story out.

The Citgo gas station owner says he pays $300 a month for green light surveillance and can't understand why these guys haven't been caught. On Tuesday, Detroit police responded.

Pop was splattered and snacks were ripped off shelves just after midnight at the Citgo gas station on 8 Mile Road near Southfield Freeway. Manager Terry Bazi is furious after cleaning up over and over for months.

“More than 10 police reports and nothing is being done,” Bazzi said.

7 Action News asked police about the theft and vandalism Tuesday morning as well as other incidents dating back to November. Detroit Police Commander Darrell Patterson says in prior cases, some thieves could not be identified and on one occasion a mistaken address delayed their response.

But now, they've got a strong lead on who is doing this and say the most recent crew could be different than those in the past.

Police say they could be close to one or more arrests on this. They also stand by Green Light and say data proves it works.