Walter Amerbach, of Smithtown, arrested for allegedly stealing gas

Police say Walter Amerbach, 21, stole gasoline from stations in Suffolk over the past four months. (2/27/13)

ST. JAMES - Police arrested a Smithtown man last night for allegedly stealing gasoline from 11 different gas stations across Suffolk County.

During the past four months, authorities say 21-year-old Walter Amerbach would pull up to gas station pumps in a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee, ask the attendant to fill the tank and then drive off without paying.

Lt. Frank Carparelli says the suspect stole gas 16 times, most recently at the Wave station in St. James.

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Police say Amerbach was caught yesterday when his vehicle was spotted outside a Bay Shore gym. 

He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow. 

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