Over the course of two days last week, Darien Police charged five New York residents for putting gas into improper containers. As gas reserves depleted in New York after Hurricane Sandy, many Empire State residents have been heading north to get gas, and some have been caught selling gas online for $8 a gallon.
At 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, police were called to the Darien Car Clinic on the Post Road where someone was reportedly filling the wrong type of containers with gas. Upon arrival, police and the Darien fire marshall saw that a man, who later turned out to be 35-year-old Lazarre Rollskency, of Manhattan, had four five-gallon containers filled with gasoline. The containers were designed to store water and not hazardous liquids, police said. He was issued a misdemeanor summons at the scene and had court on Monday, Nov. 15. The gasoline was properly disposed of, police said.
The next day, New Yorkers were at it again in town. Police cited two Brooklyn residents and a South Ozone Park resident for also putting gas in the wrong container. Police were dispatched to the Trader Joe’s parking lot at 4:30 p.m., on the report of three people pouring gas into containers not designed for gas. Upon arrival with the fire marshal and a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection official, officers saw the three men — Brandon Madramootoo, 18, Justin Jaundoo, 19, and Anthony Seet, 20 — parked in a 2001 Kia Sportage.
Police said they found a 10-gallon black rubber storage container filled with gasoline sitting in the back seat of the Kia. In the car’s trunk, police found two more 10-gallon storage containers which also contained gas. All three men were issued a misdemeanor summons and have court on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The DEEP official remained on scene until the gasoline was placed in proper containers, police said.
A half hour later, police got another report from the Darien BP station. When they arrived with the fire marshal, police found that Mohinder Singh, 38, of East Elmhurst, had filled eight five-gallon drums with gasoline, police said. Singh was issued a misdemeanor summons at the scene and has court on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The gasoline was properly disposed of, police said.