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Police Investigate ‘Substantial’ Gravel Theft

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Hungry Quarry – Google Earth

Prince George, B.C. – Mounties are seeking the public’s help in locating the person or persons responsible for the theft of thousands of tonnes of gravel.

Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says the investigation began last November at the Hungry Quarry located about 75 kilometres east of Prince George on Highway 16.

He says the quarry owner, Burnco, discovered the gate to the property had been breached and noticed a sizeable amount of gravel was missing. A survey has indicated 8,500 tonnes of gravel was stolen at a value of over $250,000.

Police believe the suspects may have sold gravel to the public and would like to speak to anyone that purchased gravel out of this quarry from anyone other than Burnco in the last seven years.

Purchasers are not considered suspects, but may have key information police could use to solve the case.

“This is a substantial loss to the owner of the quarry,” says Douglass. “It is unfortunate that there are persons in our community that believe they have the right to take whatever they want, with no consequences. We want to ensure there are consequences for this theft.”

Hungry Quarry is located bout 14 kilometres east of the Purden Mountain turn-off and approximately 6.5 kilometres east of the Highway 16 junction with the Bowron Forest Service Road.



450 loads. seems unlikely.

Speak to anyone who purchased gravel from this quarry in the past seven years? Seven years? I assumed when they said November they meant 2016.

It doesn’t seem likely that something like that could go unnoticed.

If it was a 7 year span then they knew what they where doing..but this is the first time in 7 years he checked/openedthe gate ?

Thinking that knowledge alone could limit the time frame..

In today’s society, if you don’t chain it up, lock it up, tie it down, stow it away or prevent access to it through every available means, somebody will come along and TAKE it!

I grew up with a father who always said “Don’t you lie, don’t you cheat, don’t you steal and don’t your ever hit a woman!”

We’ve lost that school of thought, instead replacing it with “You have a right to do whatever you want and nothing is your fault!”

How sad is that?

    Well said Hart Guy

    The upside is that the majority of people are still honest and still cherish what you call “a school of thought!” They do not lie, cheat or steal!

    However, it takes a lot of effort and expense to prevent the few (often repeat offenders) criminals from breaking the law!

Yes… this story does not add up… too much to be taken at once.

So 8500 tonnes of gravel is 4,427 cubic meters of gravel! The government royalty on gravel is $1.25/m3 which adds up to $5,533.85 worth of gravel stolen. All the other costs were incurred by the thieves so should not count. I hope the RCMP didn’t spent much time trying to recover the the 5grand

    your assuming allot. Do you know if it was pit run? Was is screened, crushed, sorted, a certain spec, was it hauled in and stockpiled? There is allot more value to gravel than most understand. The owner may have hundreds of thousands invested into a pile of gravel that you think is worth nothing when you back up your pickup and steal half a box full.

You only screen gravel when you have a sale for it. read the part about 7 years and you wouldn’t make that comment. I own (lease a gravel pit) and smell something fishy here! Just saying!

Besides all that, it would only be $75,000 max to crush that volume. They have the value assessed at far more than crush is worth delivered to PG from there.

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