Vernon couple say thief caught in the act
By Adam Proskiw
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March 01, 2016 - 5:00 PM
'THEY JUST TRIED TO PRETEND THAT WE WEREN'T THERE'
VERNON – A Vernon couple is so confident they found the guy who has been stealing fuel and equipment from a private property they posted pictures of him on social media.
Stephy and Frank Hennig were driving home just after 11 p.m. last Friday when they saw a pickup truck parked next to one of Hennig’s work vehicles he stores on private land on Kal Lake Road.
In November, a $1,400 light bar was stolen from Frank’s truck and fuel has gone missing from several rock trucks which are kept there as well. It didn't make sense that someone would be parked right there that late, so Frank pulled in.
“He had his fuel hose out on the ground and when he pulled up he pretended like he was trying to fuel his own truck up with his tidy tank,” Stephy Hennig says. “He already had one light wire cut but we installed an anti-theft kit so he was probably having a tough time with it.”
According to Stephy, her husband confronted him and asked what he was doing there. Stephy says she noticed an older man sitting in the passenger seat but neither one of them replied.
“They just tried to pretend that we weren’t there,” she says. “They tried to play it cool but it was pretty obvious what they were doing. I started taking pictures and my husband told me to phone the police.”
Stephy says the man got in the truck and drove away.
“They were in a hurry to get out of there.”
Neither Stephy or Frank got a good look at the passenger but Stephy was able to take several pictures of the driver. Stephy filed a report with police but was told the registered owner of the teal truck wasn’t home when police visited. She hasn't heard from them since.
Since posting the pictures on her personal Facebook page, the story has been shared more than 570 times.
Calls to the RCMP were not returned.
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