03/13/2012 06:58 EDT | Updated 05/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Gas thefts on the rise, says OPP

Police say the recent rise in gas prices has resulted in almost-daily reports from Caledon gas stations of drivers stealing gas.

The Caledon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police says it gets reports regularly from local gas stations of drivers not paying for gas and just driving away.

Police are reminding drivers that stealing gas — whether they agree with the high prices or not — is still theft.

If caught, drivers could be charged with a criminal offence of theft under $5,000 and upon conviction could be imprisoned for up to two years.