Gas prices in Metro Vancouver are set to hit all new highs on Sunday, reaching up to $1.62 per litre in parts of the region.
Thieves, meanwhile, are devising all new ways to steal it out of people’s tanks.
Coverage of gas prices on Globalnews.ca:
A number of trucks had their tanks sapped of gas on Walnut Grove Drive in Langley on Monday morning.
Brent Theidale was one victim whose tank was tapped.
“I noticed that the gas cap was closed and I was standing in basically a puddle of gas,” he told Global News.
He found a quarter-sized hole drilled into his truck’s plastic fuel tank.
Langley RCMP have been notified about the incidents.
Replacing a fuel tank costs over $1,000. But with gas prices where they are, stealing a truck tank’s worth of gas could sap people of an additional $130.
“I’ve got a feeling I’ll be seeing more like this,” said Rick Cosco, the owner of a Big O Tires location, looking at a tapped fuel tank.
“And it’s unfortunate because it’s a real kick in the backside.”
The days of drill thefts likely aren’t done, with prices set to climb by as much as $0.02 per litre on Sunday.
Theilade is claiming the damage through insurance, but the deductible is about $300.
“Somebody knows where to drill the hole and maybe has experience with a certain type of vehicle,” he said.
It’s proof that gas thieves are literally hitting a new low.