Officers in south Birmingham launched the blitz on the bilkers
following a "significant rise" in petrol thefts over the past two months as pump prices climbed to record levels.
The association claims every Hackney carriage driver across the city loses about pounds 200 to bilkers
- fares who flee without paying.
But it's hardly likely to trap the big-time bilkers
Rap groups and museum directors get hauled into court much faster than do billion-dollar bilkers
(and, as an ethics committee capable of stalling nearly a year has shown, a Senate investigation of those who helped the bilkers
is pretty hard to get rolling, too).
But software designed to target the so-called bilkers
could soon be installed on Birmingham forecourts to put the brakes on the petrol and diesel thieves.