Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A group of Thai motorcyclists vexed by their bikes being repeatedly targeted by a gasoline thief held a stakeout to bust the culprit: a gas-addicted monkey.
The motorcyclists, who work as merchants at Insaar Bazaar in Panipat, said they repeatedly returned to their bikes after work to find the motorcycles had been drained of fuel by an unknown thief.
The bikers held a stake out and captured footage of the culprit -- a monkey that was removing their fuel pipes and drinking the gasoline.
The men said the monkey would sit calmly next to the motorcycles until there was no one around before committing the thefts.
"The monkey was clearly addicted to the petrol," said Gaurav Leekha, who runs a volunteer organization in the city. "It would refuse to eat even bananas and nuts if anyone offered it."
Leekha said the monkey did not pose any danger to humans.
"It would not trouble anyone as it was perhaps always high," he said.
The merchants said the monkey stopped targeting their bikes after being repeatedly shooed away from the parking lot.