Man Refuses to Pay for Gas, Assaults Attendant: Cops

By David Chang
|  Saturday, Jul 2, 2011  |  Updated 9:02 PM EDT
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Duo Refuses to Pay for Gas: Cops

A man and woman were taken into custody on Saturday after allegedly refusing to pay for gas.

Police say that around 8:30 a.m. Edward Ellis, 31, and Lisa Pakela, 25, drove to the Exxon Gas Station in the Blenheim section of Gloucester Township.

Investigators say that the duo pumped $36 worth of gas into their car even though they didn’t have enough money to pay for it.

An employee at the gas station left the nozzle inside the duo’s car while another employee stayed with the car.

Police say that Ellis then left the car and pushed the employee out of the way. He then allegedly pulled the nozzle from the car, injuring the employee’s hand in the process.

Once the nozzle was removed, police say that Ellis ran away on foot, while Pakela, who was still inside the car, drove away. Ellis allegedly ran across the Black Horse Pike behind a Wawa store and Pakela allegedly drove around to Cummings Avenue to pick him up.

Gloucester Township Police were quickly called to the scene and they were able to locate the duo’s car at Cummings Avenue where they took the two into custody.

Ellis is charged with robbery while Pakela is charged with conspiracy.

They were both remanded to the Camden County Jail.
 

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