Gas Bandits Hit PG Non-Profit
Prince George, B.C. – Thieves have once again targeted a Prince George non-profit agency.
Last night a staff member at Big Brothers Big Sisters witnessed a group of young men siphoning gas from a fleet of vehicles used to transport kids at around 9:15 p.m.
“She kind of startled them and they took off but this is one of a few incidents that has faced our office over the past few months,” says executive director Tim Bennett. “Over the summer our shed was broken into a few times and we’ve had a couple windows smashed, we’ve also had people break into the back yard by cutting the fence.”
Luckily, he says nothing of real value was taken. Bennett also notes the incidents strengthen his resolve to do the work he does.
“This just for me and I think for my team really just proves why we do what we do. We know that providing kids at a young age with a proactive mentor helps decrease these incidents of vandalism and theft and helps set kids up with the best opportunities for success,” says Bennett.
“For us the fence gets fixed, gas gets put back in the tanks – it’s really about providing that proof that we provide value to the community and we’re going to continue to ensure children in Prince George who need a mentor get a mentor.”
Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says while not common, siphoning gas from vehicles is not unheard of.
“We don’t get very many reports of siphoned gas, sure it occurs from time to time but whether they even get reported to us I can’t possibly know but certainly it’s not that common but it’s not too much of a shocker to us too because we know it does happen.”
He adds the secluded location of the office on Kinsmen Place unfortunately makes it a target.
“There’s little chance of being detected. It’s not next to a residence. Industrial areas get hit the same way.”