Gas theft on the rise

With gas prices hitting the $1.50 per litre mark, Langley RCMP are seeing an increase in gas thefts, but one type of thievery could cost lives, said Cpl. Patrick Davies.

Since May 24, there have been around a dozen separate cases of gas theft, most involve siphoning gas from vehicles. But more than six cases, in Willoughby, Willowbrook and another further south in Walnut Grove involve someone drilling a hole into a gas tank.

Getting underneath a vehicle and drilling holes into a metal gas tank could cause a spark and start a fire or an explosion, points out Davies. The potential for danger is high and for the little amount of gas that can be taken, it can’t be worth risking life and limb, he said.

Plus, the cost to replace a gas tank for the vehicle owner can be more than $500.

Other thefts in Langley have involved siphoning from cars, trucks and construction site machinery.

The last time gas prices skyrocketed like this was in 2008. Police across the Lower Mainland noticed an increase in gas theft then too.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Q&A: Ex-transportation ministers criticize referendum, discuss TransLink
Arrests of pipeline protesters in Burnaby signal start of long battle
Man sentenced for three bank robberies
Langley RCMP release sketch of hammer attacker
Two police officers hospitalized after being rammed by stolen truck in Surrey
CP Holiday Train stopping in Pitt Meadows
Little Campbell trestle replacement on track
Hand over the driving reins to Operation Red Nose
Election 2014: Wright, McIntosh to get $70K for saying bye

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.