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CANADA – Pssst … Wanna buy some diesel fuel?

 HAMILTON, Ont. — Following the disappearance of more than 55,000 liters of diesel fuel from underground storage tanks in and around Hamilton this past weekend, it’s beginning to look like an organized theft ring is operating in the area.

CHCH television news reported several thefts in the area, at least two of which were caught on security cameras. In both cases, two trucks pulling 53-ft van trailers — possibly reefers — pulled up and parked over top of under ground fuel storage tanks. While not actually seen on camera, it’s assumed that the vans were equipped with liquid pumps and storage tanks large enough to accommodate a significant amount of fuel.

In one incident, Gord’s Sunoco in Flamborough lost an estimated 21,000 litres of fuel. In another, First Student bus lines in Brant County (formerly Laidlaw) lost 34,000 liters of fuel.

Video from a security camera at the Sunoco station shows a two-tone tan and maroon colored Peterbilt tractor pulling a non-descript with van pulling into the station and parking over the fuel storage tanks, and then returning to the fuel island to fuel up in the usual manner.  More from Today’s Trucking

The Canadian diesel thieves are much by the same playbook as those here in the US.  Today’s Trucking states that thieves are becoming increasingly creative, giving this example from Pittsburgh:

In Pittsburgh, for example, benzine bandits were caught driving around with a tractor-trailer, parking beside other trucks, and then siphoning the diesel into a 5,000-gallon tank using a vacuum powered by the truck’s engine.

Of course, of great concern to both governments is that stolen diesel is not subject to IFTA taxes and IFTA is watching quarterly fuel reporting to see discrepancies in fuel purchased with regard to miles driven.

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July 31, 2008 - Posted by | economy, trucking | , , ,

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