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FCN Investigates: What exactly are you paying for at the pump?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are just weeks from the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

But, before you fill up for your trip the On Your Side team has three things you'll want to know before you hit the road. It's part of a First Coast News investigation.

At the gas station, every cent counts.

"I get pretty much what my car gives me," said Michael Bryce, as he filled up the car. "I get around $20 half a tank, $40 for a full tank, $5 for an eighth of a tank."

If you feel like something just isn't right, you might be on to something.

It is Anthony Davis' job to find out

He's one of the petroleum inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

"We want to make sure that consumers are getting what they're paying for," Davis said.

FCN's David Williams joined him at the Chevron station on New Kings Road for an inspection. Inspections are done at least every 12-14 months, says Davis.

Top 5 hottest jobs and how you can land one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Are you looking for work? If you are, keep the following story handy.

Like many people, 37-year-old Ty Harris of Jacksonville, has been looking for work.

"Off an on for about a year," Harris explained.

He's been doing freelance work in client and project management, but is looking for something more permanent, which is why he came to a job fair Monday.

He said the job market is tough, which makes it harder to help his family of two children.

"I've gotten a lot of 'You're over qualified,'" Harris said of his year-long job search.

FCN's David Williams asked Harris "What if we told you, we know what the top 5 most in-demand jobs are in Jacksonville?"

To that, Harris responded "I would be impressed and I would inquire what would that be?"

Does it really cost $501 to unlock a bedroom door?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Frances Gill depends on a walker to get around and being an oxygen user, she keeps her medications nearby in her bedroom. 

"My nebulizer and the other things I have to take are there," she said.

Early in October, Gill returned home from church and discovered her bedroom door was locked. After several attempts to get to open and couldn't she panicked.

"I called a friend, she couldn't come over," said Gill. "I told her I feel like taking an axe and breaking the door down." 

Instead she turned to the phone book and found a company listed as Affordable Locksmith Services.

"I kept telling him my medicine is in there and I need it," said Gill. "And I asked him how much are you going to charge me?"

All lanes of Mathews Bridge re-open

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Drivers all across the city got a surprise when they woke up Tuesday morning.

On September 26, a Navy cargo ship called the USNS First Lt. Harry L. Martin hit the center span of the Mathews Bridge.

Damage was estimated at $3 million and was so significant the bridge closed for more than a month.

The contractor, Superior Construction, worked around the clock on repairs.

The Florida Department of Transportation announced the Mathews would reopen after evening rush hour on Tuesday, October 29.

But unknowingly to almost everyone, traffic started moving across westbound lanes of the bridge around 5:30 a.m.

It unfolded live during Good Morning Jacksonville, which was first to inform people about the reopening.

A construction worker on scene confirmed the inspector had given the final all clear for the bridge to reopen earlier than expected.

Eastbound traffic resumed closer to 6:00 a.m.

Men wanted for Arlington armed robbery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two robbery suspects caught on surveillance video are wanted by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

A victim was putting air his tire at the Shell gas station in the 1500 block of Cesery Boulevard, when two suspects rushed out from behind a nearby fence and threatened him with a handgun, according to JSO.

The victim handed over cash, a cell phone and car keys. The suspects fled on foot from the scene of the crime.

Both suspects were described as males between the ages of 25 to 30-years-old, about 5-foot-6 to 5 foot-8-inches tall and weighing about 150 to 160 pounds.

One of the suspects was slightly shorter than the other, wearing all dark clothes, and was clean shaven.

The second suspect wore a beard and was wearing a black and red baseball cap, red and black sneakers, and had gold teeth.

Five holiday scams to avoid

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- It may seem difficult to talk about holiday scams during the month of October, but if you've been into the major stores they're ready for the Christmas holidays and so should you.

These are five holiday scams to avoid:

The Greatest online deal

Greatest is a read flag word. Examine who is making the claim. How long has the business been around? Is the product available elsewhere? Always check with www.bbb.org to see if there's a history.

Don't fall for the must have gadget/toy

Every holiday season there's a popular toy/gadget and the store sells out of it. Then it ends up on websites like Craigslist or eBay at a much higher price. If you must have buy from a local seller, someone you can meet in person to examine the product and make the deal.

Don't become the victim of Identity Theft

Teen shot and killed in Arlington identified

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have identified the teen shot and killed in Arlington Friday night.

Leroy Jerome Jackson, 18, was found shot in the 1000 block of Underhill Drive by patrol officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office who responded to reports of shots fired.

Jackson was transported to UF Health Jacksonville where he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries.

Jackson lived in the Spanish Oaks Apartments, less than a mile from where he was found by police.

Anyone who has any information about this homicide is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.