Two Detroit men charged in siphoning gas thefts

Two Detroit men have been charged after police found a siphoning system being used to steal fuel from a gas station's underground storage tank.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Friday that 31-year-old Michael Thomas and 21-year-old Wardell Arrington are charged with malicious destruction of a building, larceny and second-degree retail fraud.

About 100 gallons of gas had been pumped into a 250-gallon tank in the back of a parked van when police spotted the vehicle and a tube stretching into an open tank cover at a northwest Detroit BP station early Wednesday.

Thomas and Arrington are expected to be arraigned Saturday in 36th District Court.