Bulkley Restorations Ltd. Owner Darrell Hiebert knows the power of social media.
The Smithers business owner recently discovered the theft of one of his fuel cards after a June bill came in at thousands of dollars more than usual and used Facebook to track down the suspects.
Once the theft was discovered, Hiebert contacted the Petro-Canada cardlock locations in Smithers, Houston and Terrace to see if they had security camera footage of the suspects. The cameras in Smithers and Houston were both not working, but the station in Terrace was able to provide him with images from the time the fuel card was used.
From there, Hiebert posted the photos on his Facebook page and within minutes, had identified those who he believes are responsible.
“They stole about $7,000 in fuel over the course of about a month,” Hiebert said.
Hiebert passed this information on to the Smithers RCMP who have identified two male suspects and said they are continuing to investigate.
“The gas card has been cancelled and charges will be recommended to Crown counsel,” said North District RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Dave Tyreman.