Stolen oil leaves Big Pig’s Subs in the cold

When Norman Moore walked into his eatery, Big Pig Subs, Monday morning in Port Alberni, he was hoping to get out of the cold. He was wrong.

When Norman Moore walked into his eatery, Big Pig’s Subs, Monday morning in Port Alberni, he was hoping to get out of the cold.

He knew something was wrong when the restaurant was nearly as cold as it was outside. He went out and kicked the side of his oil tank: empty.

Moore topped up his 1,100-litre tank, located on the side of his building by an empty lot, on Nov. 14, so there was no way he would have gone through that much oil in less than a month. The only explanation, he said, is that someone has been stealing it.

“I don’t know when they took it,” he said. “They could have taken it on the 14th and left enough in the bottom until it ran out.”

Moore suspects the oil was siphoned in stages, not in one large theft. He said the RCMP have told him they likely won’t be able to find the culprit. Although he is insured, his deductible is $1,000 — just under the cost of a full tank of oil.

“It’s going to put (me in) a financial crunch,” he said. “I’m out more than $1,100 out of my pocket.”

Times are already tough for Moore, whose wife and co-owner, Vicki, is undergoing treatment for cancer. The Moores have the business up for sale, and are presently entertaining an offer. But this theft is a real hit, he said.

“With the economic conditions right now that’s really affecting the bottom line.”

Moore said his tank now has a locking cap on it.

 

Edited for spelling

Just Posted

Indigenous youth connect with their culture at Gathering Our Voices workshops

Secluded Wellness Centre in Port Alberni hosted traditional wildcraft sessions

Illegal cannabis club in Port Alberni ticketed again

RCMP seize cannabis, issue fine for second time in five months

Motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash west of Whiskey Creek

Witnesses say three vehicles involved in collision; man in 70s confirmed dead

Chef returns to North Island College to inspire young cooks

Tina Tang shares her culinary journey since graduating

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Port Alberni Fire Department engages Indigenous youth in fire awareness

Workshop took place as part of Gathering Our Voices event in Port Alberni

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Most Read