Alleged thief attempts to siphon fuel in Oak Park

CCTV footage has captured the moment an unknown person attempted to siphon fuel from a number of vehicles in Melbourne’s north.

Community member Carla Shutz said the incident occurred last Thursday at 1.30am in Oak Park.

Shutz said she first noticed something was wrong after the fuel caps were left open on some cars on her street.

CCTV footage has captured the moment an unknown person attempted to siphon fuel. (Nine)

She said after looking back at overnight CCTV footage, she noticed the thief attempting to siphon fuel from the two vehicles with a jerry can.

Although no fuel was taken, there was some damage to the targeted cars.

Shutz said she was deeply concerned that this happened in a quiet neighbourhood, such as Oak Park.

“I have lived here for 16 years and I have never experienced this and I don’t want to see this happen again,” she said.

“How do they know that the person who owns the car isn’t struggling? They don’t. Everyone is doing it tough.”

Shutz worried as the cost of living and the price of fuel continues to rise, opportunistic crimes such as this may rise as well.

“The damage is done and it’s vandalism at the end of the day and we don’t expect that to happen on suburban streets like ours,” she said.

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