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‘Victimizing sick people’: Gas thief drills hole in tank at B.C. hospital

Woman steps forward after rash of gas thefts in Greater Victoria
Drivers in British Columbia have seen prices drop in recent months but thieves are still preying on them. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Another Greater Victoria resident has stepped forward to detail the theft of gas from a vehicle after a hole was drilled in their tank.

Black Press Media posted a story about a recent spate of gas thefts from vehicles, with drivers waking up to find empty tanks. (A link to the story is posted below.)

Robin contacted Black Press Media to say a similar thing happened to her on the West Shore, only the thief was even more brazen. (Black Press Media has agreed to not use her last name as she is a victim of crime.)

The incident happened on Dec. 27 in the parking lot of Victoria General Hospital in View Royal. Robin was walking to her vehicle at around 1 a.m. when she “interrupted someone beside my truck.”

“So they sped off, driving right towards me, flashing their high beams at me and my daughter in a stroller, and I could see their jerry cans in the trunk,” Robin said. “I got to the truck and could smell that (the) gas. I called the non-emergency police number and hospital security. Had to make a police statement and start an ICBC claim.”

Robin said she was stuck with a vehicle that had no gas and so she had to call BCAA – that’s when another discovery was made.

“At first I thought they had siphoned the gas, but then as BCAA was filling it with gas, we realized the gasoline was flowing out the tank. The thief drilled a hole into the gas tank,” she said. “So this thief was at the hospital in the middle of the night victimizing sick people at the hospital. Low of the low.

READ MORE: ‘Bled dry’: Victoria drivers woke up to find gas thieves had emptied vehicles

Chris Campbell

About the Author: Chris Campbell

I joined the Victoria News hub as an editor in 2023, bringing with me over 30 years of experience from community newspapers in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
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