Businesses were victims of thefts during the night of Wednesday April 20 to Thursday April 21. Several hundred liters have probably disappeared.
It is an understatement to say that the night of Wednesday April 20 to Thursday April 21, 2022 was restless on the side of some companies. Several firms have indeed discovered that the fuel tanks of their trucks had been siphoned.
West France reports as well as two businesses in Ille-et-Villaine were robbed. One was located in Iffendic, the other in Martigné-Ferchau, around Rennes. In all, five trucks were affected by this episode. The total quantity stolen was not specified, but one can easily imagine that several hundred liters disappeared.
This same media reports a similar event that occurred the same night, in Vire (Calvados, between Caen and Rennes). When he arrived in the morning, the boss of the company realized that four of his vehicles had their tanks siphoned off. Again, several hundred liters were probably stolen.
Rise in fuel thefts
This misadventure is reminiscent of a similar event that happened the same night. A truck driver was indeed relieved of nearly 1,000 liters of fuel. After refueling on Wednesday, the latter stopped to spend the night in a dedicated car park. Alas, thieves have passed by and have emptied their tank.
These facts are in any case not more extraordinary. With rising commodity and energy prices, stealing fuel becomes increasingly profitable. This is due to the war in Ukraine, which creates uncertainty and breeds speculation (the risks are high, so they have to be worth it).
The theft of fuel is however an obviously reprehensible act, like any theft. It is sanctioned by more or less severe penalties, from fine to jail. The builders, on the other hand, work on the installation of anti-theft devices.
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