Man put police car gas theft pic online

April 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM
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JENKINS, Ky., April 19 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old Kentucky man is facing a theft charge after he allegedly stole gas from a police cruiser and posted a picture of the crime on Facebook.

Michael Baker was arrested by Jenkins police after officers discovered the Facebook picture of him using a tube and a gas can to steal fuel from the tank of the police cruiser, WYMT-TV, Hazard, reported Wednesday.

Baker and his girlfriend, who snapped the photo, said the incident was supposed to be a joke.

"We was just standing there and thought it would be funny to take a picture and then post it on Facebook," Baker said.

However, Baker said he was able to get some gas out of the car.

"I got a little bit of gas. I ain't gonna lie but not much. I couldn't get much. I tried but there wasn't much in it," said Baker.

Baker is now facing a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

Jenkins police said their cruisers will be outfitted with locking gas caps to prevent future incidents.

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