White Rock resident Christian Lane tweeted this photo Wednesday, using red to show the hole and drill bit he found in his gas tank after returning to his truck at the South Surrey Park & Ride. (Christian Lane photo)

White Rock resident Christian Lane tweeted this photo Wednesday, using red to show the hole and drill bit he found in his gas tank after returning to his truck at the South Surrey Park & Ride. (Christian Lane photo)

Call for better security follows fuel thefts at South Surrey Park & Ride

White Rock man says someone used a drill to drain his fuel tank Wednesday

A White Rock man is calling for increased security measures – such as CCTV cameras and fencing – at the South Surrey Park & Ride after his vehicle’s gas supply was pilfered by thieves this week.

Christian Lane tweeted about the incident Wednesday, including a photo of the damage that shows a drill bit lodged in the tank.

twitter.com

Thursday, he told Peace Arch News the discovery was “not anything I was prepared for.”

Lane said he parked his GMC pickup at the lot – located at 3800 King George Blvd. – at 7 a.m. Nov. 13 to take transit to work in Vancouver. On his return, around 5:30 p.m., he could smell gas, but didn’t think anything of it – until he fired up his truck.

That’s when Lane noticed his fuel gauge was lower than it should have been, considering how recently he’d filled his tank, and it clicked that the gas smell was likely his fuel.

He said he immediately shut off his truck and investigated underneath his vehicle. Using the light of his cellphone, he found a hole and drill bit in his tank.

Lane said firefighters who responded to deal with the fuel spill, as well as the tow truck operator, told him incidents of fuel theft as well as catalytic-converter thefts are common at the lot.

In a February letter, Sereno Masotti told PAN how the catalytic converter had been taken from his van while it was parked at the same lot. When he took it for repair, he was told 20 of the devices had been replaced in the same week.

READ MORE: LETTER: Catalytic converter theft sign of a larger problem

Thursday, Langley resident Teresa Coverdale said her vehicle was also damaged and the fuel drained while it was parked at the South Surrey Park & Ride on Nov. 1.

TransLink officials, when asked about security measures in place at the lot, acknowledged the company operated the site, but said as the land belongs to the province, “that would be a province question,” and directed questions to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as to Transit Police.

Ministry officials on Friday were not immediately able to comment.

Transit Police spokesperson Anne Drennan referred questions regarding CCTV cameras at the lot to TransLink.

Regarding fuel theft, Drennan said she has asked Transit Police analysts to research the incidents. As for catalytic converters, “we have had very few of these thefts reported to us, in 2019,” she said.

Lane, meanwhile, said his experience will land him with a repair bill of about $1,000. While it won’t dissuade him from parking at the lot, he said he’ll likely “be a little more vigilant about where I’m parking in that lot.”

He maintains that something needs to be done to discourage the criminal activity, to give those considering it pause.

Theft aside, the risks of drilling into a fuel tank are noteworthy, he said.

“From a liability standpoint, it makes no sense to me at all that TransLink wouldn’t be looking at some sort of mitigation,” he said.



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

White Rock resident Christian Lane said his vehicle’s gas tank was drilled into, and gas stolen, while it was parked at the South Surrey Park and Ride. (File photo)

White Rock resident Christian Lane said his vehicle’s gas tank was drilled into, and gas stolen, while it was parked at the South Surrey Park and Ride. (File photo)

Just Posted

A cache of 89 crabs was discovered during a 2018 compliance inspection at South Surrey’s Elgin Park Marina. (Contributed photo)
$7,500 fine for illegal crab harvest discovered in South Surrey

Laird Goddyn found guilty in Surrey Provincial Court following 2018 investigation

South Surrey’s Meridian Golf Course – a 15-acre property that also includes a residence – has been sold. (Colliers Canada photo)
South Surrey’s Meridian Golf Course sold to new owners

Deal for popular par 3 course expected to close by end of the year

Gerry Vowles (left), Michael Cook, and Dave Sinclair were awarded “Dominion Command Presidential Citations” June 17 in Cloverdale. The rare awards were given out for “exemplary service to the Legion.” (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Three B.C. legionnaires awarded ‘Presidential Citations’

Ceremony took place in Cloverdale June 17

City of Surrey photo
Surrey starts Slow Streets pilot project

Speed limits have been reduced in six Surrey neighbourhood zones for one year to monitor impact on residents

Gymnast Shallon Olsen. (Photo: olympic.ca)
Olympics-bound Surrey gymnast Shallon Olsen enters sports hall of fame – in Coquitlam

She was the youngest member of Team Canada when she made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

Most Read