Williams Lake RCMP frustrated by rash of fuel card thefts

By James Peters
February 5, 2019 - 3:22pm

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — Williams Lake RCMP say a thief or thieves are targeting fleet vehicles in the community, stealing fuel cards.

In a news release, Const. Joel Kooger says the thieves are breaking into many types of vehicles, from passenger cars to taxi cabs to transport trucks.

Kooger says in all instances, the PIN for the fuel card is freely available — either written nearby or on the card itself.

In a few cases, the PIN is written on the vehicle's sun visor, right next to where the card is located.

Armed with a fuel card and PIN, the thief heads to a local card lock gas station.

Kooger says in some cases, the amount charged to the card is more than $2,000, meaning it's likely the thieves are filling up large tidy tanks.

Kooger encourages anyone with information on the thefts to contact Williams Lake RCMP at (250) 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

But he also asks that businesses pay more attention to security when issuing and storing fuel cards.

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