Fuel thieves target logging equipment near Smithers

Forestry companies have been urged to take measures to prevent fuel theft on isolated logging roads.

Fuel thieves have been targeting forestry equipment on isolated logging roads, prompting Smithers RCMP to issue a warning to companies today.

Constable Kayla Stephens said her detachment had received complaints about large amounts of fuel being taken from parked equipment.

She urged companies to take measures to prevent further thefts.

“If it’s possible … lock up their fuel tanks, park it in a visible area,” Const. Stephens said.

She said fuel had been stolen from various locations in the Smithers area and it did not appear the thieves were targeting individual companies.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Smithers RCMP on 250-847-3233.