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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Gas from Winnipeg daycare vans was stolen, and tanks were drilled

Tanks were drilled, and gas was stolen from Winnipeg daycare vans.

Key Takeaways:

  • One daycare centre in Winnipeg fears that gas theft is rising after someone syphoned gas from its vehicles by drilling holes in the gas tanks.
  • Winnipeg’s gas prices have risen to new highs in the last week, with some stations charging as much as 189.9 cents per litre.
  • According to Jones, the thieves got away with about $700 in gas, not to mention the damage to the vehicles.

Amid Winnipeg’s soaring gas prices, one daycare center fears that gas theft is on the rise after somebody syphoned gas from its vehicles by drilling holes in the gas tanks.

The executive director of Little People’s Place daycare center, Carol Jones smelled gas when she arrived at work on Monday. Three daycare vans had been syphoned, which she and her staff discovered.

“We tried to drive them as well as discovered that there was gas pouring out of the bottom of them all,” she stated, adding that the vans had been syphoned as well. She claimed that holes had already been drilled into the tanks to drain the gas.

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“It was extremely discouraging and frustrating,” she said. “After two years of crisis after crisis for families as well as for us, this is a devastating blow that someone would do something like this.”

Winnipeg’s gas prices have soared to new highs in the last week, with some stations charging as much as 189.9 cents per liter.

The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) confirmed that it had received reports of gas thefts of this nature, including the theft at the Little People’s Place daycare.

“This is potentially a very dangerous endeavor,” Const. Dani McKinnon, a WPS public information officer, told CTV News in an email. “It it seems the gas tanks are being violated by either a hole being punched or the use of a power tool to access the gas.”

Tanks were drilled, and gas was stolen from Winnipeg daycare vans.
Tanks were drilled, and gas was stolen from Winnipeg daycare vans. Image from iHeartRadio

According to Jones, the thieves made it with about $700 in gas, not to mention the damage to the vehicles. According to her, the daycare uses the vans to transport more than 80 children to 8 different schools in the community.

“The issue is that getting these fixes could take weeks, which will be a nightmare for our families as well as a nightmare for us because it will affect our income,” she explained.

“I believe this is going to happen more frequently, which is a major concern for us because, even if we fix it, how do you prevent it from happening again?”

Jones is concerned that, as gas prices rise, other daycare centers will be targeted. She is appealing to the community to keep a close eye out and prevent similar thefts from occurring in the future.

Source: CTV News

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