Duo launches tirade before trashing Detroit gas station over $15

Posted: 6:17 PM, Jun 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-18 18:17:23-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A woman and man were caught on surveillance video tearing up the store of a gas station Monday morning after the woman apparently thought she'd been ripped off.

It started Monday morning at the Shell gas station on West Warren near the Southfield Freeway. That's where the woman, who is wearing a black and red shirt, is seen prepaying for gas and then pumping.

The owner of the gas station showed Action News a prepaid receipt for $15 with a time stamp of 9:12:34 a.m., which he said is when the woman used her debit card in the store and approved the amount.

The woman pumps her gas and then leaves as a passenger in a white SUV.

Then two hours later, the woman returns, claiming she was overcharged or charged double for her gas. That's when the store owner and an employee say they tried to explain to the woman that she was only charged $15 dollars once for the gas she pumped.

However, she flew into a rage and so did the man who accompanied her when she returned to the store. The two began tearing down displays and racks of goods.

The owner also showed Action News a copy of the receipt that is generated after a customer pumps their gas. That receipt has a time stamp of 9:14:19 a.m., almost two minutes after she prepaid and when she finished pumping her gas.

The store owner points out the invoice number on both receipts. The number is the same and the owner said that proves there was only one transaction with the woman's debit card and it was for the $15 dollars in gas that she pumped.

The owner said he had to close his store for a period of time Monday while they cleaned up the mess. He estimates damages, including a slush machine that was broken when it was pulled to the ground, to be several thousand dollars.

Detroit police are investigating and trying to identify and locate the two individuals seen tearing up the store on surveillance video.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact detectives at DPD's Sixth Precinct.