Damon Blocker, left, and Reginald Hollien

Damon Blocker, left, and Reginald Hollien (Booking photos)

2 Charged With Stealing, Selling 600 Gallons Of Gas In Detroit

July 12, 2018 - 4:50 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Two men are facing organized crime and other charges after authorities say they stole, and then sold, hundreds of gallons of gasoline.

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, the afternoon of Saturday, June 23, 29-year-old Damon Blocker and 34-year-old Reginald Hollien, both of Detroit, pumped around 600 gallons of gas at a Marathon station located in the 17800 block of 7 Mile Rd. -- without paying for it. 

While still at the gas station, prosecutors allege, the pair turned around and sold the stolen gas to other drivers for cash. 

Once the racket was discovered, gas station attendants tried to disable the pump by computer, but failed. Eventually they activated an emergency shut off, disabling all of the pumps at the station, as the alleged thieves fled the area. 

An investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of Blocker and Hollien on Monday, and each was charged with Using a Computer to Commit a Crime; Organized Retail Crime; and Larceny $1,000-$20,000.

“The alleged actions of these defendants show a critical need for the protection of businesses in Wayne County," said Worthy, in a statement. "We must ensure that businesses in this County are fully supported and protected.”

The pair was arraigned Wednesday afternoon at which time bond was set at $75,000, 10 percent for Blocker and $50,000, 10 percent for Hollien.

Both defendants are scheduled to appear July 18 in 36th District Court.