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Gas thieves strike twice in Grand Forks

Grand Forks RCMP say several hundred dollars worth of fuel has been stolen in two incidents in the same area.

The first incident reported Friday involved gas being stolen from a semi-trailer on Industrial Drive near 2nd Street sometime overnight. The next day police received another report of thieves targeting a truck in the area.

Police say there are steps you can take to combat these sorts of theft, including gas caps with locking devices as well as parking in well-lit areas or areas with security cameras. Dash cams can also help identify a suspect.

“While we know many people are reluctant to call in this type of crime to the police thinking it may be relatively minor or that there won’t be much that can be done, we still ask that you do report this,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said in a news release.

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“Not only will we conduct an investigation in order to identify a suspect, but it also alerts us to an area that we can now increase our patrols and presence.”

Snowstorm leads to multiple accidents

Police say a blizzard last Tuesday resulted in two crashes on Highway 3 within about an hour of each other.

The first incident involved two semi-trailer trucks and an SUV at McRae Road in Christina Lake.

According to police, the SUV was trying to pass a semi on poor roads when an oncoming semi’s trailer began to lose control and crossed into the SUV’s path and sideswiped it. The two semis then met, becoming stuck to each other on the side of the highway in the ditch.

The highway was shut down for about two hours while crews detached semis from each other. The passenger in the SUV was treated for minor injuries.

Then officers responded to a crash at Spencer Road where an SUV pulling a small trailer came across a semi-trailer truck stuck in the ditch. It slowed down to pass it, but another vehicle behind wasn’t able to slow down quickly enough. It hit the trailer, which flipped over.

A tow truck was called to remove the trailer but no one was hurt.

Police say road conditions were “very poor,” with “extensive fresh snow creating a lawyer of wet snow and ice.”

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