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Police: Farmingville Man Sold Gas Directly From Fuel Truck

Robert Faulkner is issued summonses after police find more than 100 people lined up for gas in a parking lot on Portion Road.

A Farmingville man is in trouble after police say he sold gas directly out of a fuel delivery truck in a Lake Ronkonkoma parking lot Sunday night. 

Robert Faulkner, 48, was issued summonses for handling flammable liquids without a permit and for improper dispensing of flammable liquids. 

Faulkner was selling the fuel for $4.80 a gallon from a truck from the company he owns--Direct Marine Fuel Corporation--in the Lake Shore Plaza parking lot on Portion Road outside of the old Waldbaum's, police said. 

Officers who responded to a call observed more than 100 vehicles gathered in the lot and along Portion Road waiting to fill up. 

A fire marshal from the Brookhaven Town Department of Building and Fire Prevention responded and issued Faulkner the summonses.  

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance was also notified, police said. 

Stacie Grady Stierle November 06, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Just a good guy trying to help his community when no one else would,can you blame him? Of course NYS Dept. Of Tax got involved as they just want a piece of our $$
Jim November 06, 2012 at 01:12 PM
good guy?????? $4.80/gallon from a device intended to measure 100 gallon deliveries. It's okay to rip people off and not follow the safety rules in a state of emergency???
John Cosgrove November 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Stacie, I'm assuming you know this guy. $4.80 a gallon, could have set people on fire and almost $5 per gallon?? Yeah real good guy
Robert L. Macchia November 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
He shouldn't be arrested for his kindness. If the gov't would get off their behinds and figure out how to restore power to hard hit areas, the lines for gas wouldn't be so long. I am down to less than 1/2 a tank and must conserve. I can't even go to church. I waited over 3 hours on 2 lines on Fri/Sat and the attendant came out and said they ran out. How much is enough???
Terry November 06, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Why is it ok for Capitol One bank to have 3 gas tankers selling gas to their employees only when almost every gas station from Farmingville to Ronkonkoma this morning had no gas? Do they have permits? Why should Rob have to be fined? He gave gas to community. He could have sold his gas to UPS or the Post office. For much more money than what he charged. Are the people complaining about the price the same people who pay Starbucks prices for coffee??? Why arent these tankers delivering to gas stations and giving us all a shot at having some gas. The Capitol One is on corner of Ronkonkoma Ave and Portion Rd next to Dunkin donuts across from Wendys.
Jim November 06, 2012 at 08:30 PM
He didn't "give" gas to the community. If he did, I'm sure no authority would bother him. What he did was gouging during a state of emergency. I don't know the details of Capitol One maybe they were "giving" to their employees?
Kristen November 06, 2012 at 08:39 PM
John Cosgrove, since you seem so sure, I am assuming that you know this guy? Because from what you are saying you seem like you are well read up on the issue. Were you aware that the gas was actually midgrade, which makes the price more reasonable? Or that he is licensed to distribute gas? It is not like he was some random untrained guy in a parking lot. Or that he had the opportunity to go sell to other big businesses that would have paid more? But instead he stood in the cold distributing gas in an attempt to help the people in the Sachem community who were not able to drive to work or go buy food for their family.. Jim, There are about 70 families who can now try to live their lives normally again thanks to him..... Its funny how they are not the ones complaining... Actually they are the ones thanking him... Yeah. He sounds terrible.
Melissa November 06, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I would love to know the details of that Capital One arrangement. How is it ok to treat their own customers like people of suspicion while they are simply trying to utilize the services at their own bank? I had to clear 3 different checkpoints by different guards just to use the drive thru ATM. I think I will be looking to move my business elsewhere. Clearly there's more concern for their own employees than the people who give them a reason to have a job in the first place. The whole thing reeked of sketchiness & greed & made me wonder what our area is really coming to. I thought we came together in times of need but I've seen more & more instances of selfishness & greed in this last week... Really sad.
Notninja November 06, 2012 at 09:19 PM
If employees cant get to work the bank could not function. The you would be complaining the bank was closed. Life is not FAIR get over it.
Jodi Ramoska November 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Thank-you for the gas!You helped out me and my family,when we could not get gas anywhere else. I don't think you should be fined for helping out the community.
Jim November 06, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Kristen, Maybe he is a great guy. He is not licensed to sell gasoline retail, with incorrect equipment on some one else's property. He is licensed to distribute ( transport ) and there is a difference, He broke some laws. So he will pay some fines and life goes on.
Just plain tired November 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Amazing country we are in. This guy did a little bad and was fined. The banks and stock houses did a lot of bad and were given huge amounts of money to do almost anything they chose and apparently they did---but did not help the public who got screwed. Better wake up America. The rich and powerful are going to be your landlords.
Melissa November 07, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Could care less if the bank was closed. With the exception of today, I never set foot in the branch. I'd rather do everything remotely. I'm a healthcare worker but you don't see me boo-hoo'ing about having to wait in line just like everyone else to get my fair share of paid gas. I don't feel above anyone else simply because I have a hospital id. Where does it end? does the landscaping company get free gas so they can help remove trees, leaves, etc? Come on now. Wouldn't it have been generous if CO had shared the wealth. And I've had power this whole week so I don't even speak for myself.
fazziola, dan November 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
There is no reason at all that we have to wait for gas...FOR HOURS, never knowing if any will be left by the time I make it to the pump (twice waited over 2 hrs to have station run dry as i got to the pump) Why not shut down the 495 11:00 pm - 3:00 am and run a convoy of police escorted tankers out here and fix this mess in 2-3 nights? Why not - because it makes sense! ----And why were the cops not out directing traffic??? watched 1 national guard member direct traffic w/ 2 s.c.p.d. sitting in their ideling cars watching....they should have been at 2 other intersections directing traffic....had enough...got to sell & get off this sand bar!
Suzanne Monahan November 10, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Dan, I took a job with tgebVA hospital in Texas 4 months ago, sight unseen and I've never looked back...no state income tax, excellent economy, great people and Gas at 3.01 a gallon with no wait! There is life beyond Long Island... You have the right idea! Good luck to you!

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