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Penticton  

EZ Fuel carries on

An attempted ATM theft at EZ Fuel, north of Oliver, is just the latest incident at the gas station, located off of Highway 97.

But manager Craig Pearson says they are taking it all in stride and it's business as usual.

"We've had some hard times, but we keep on going, that is the attitude of the owner and staff," he said.

According to an RCMP report, at 4:21 a.m., Thursday, an unknown person driving an older model green Dodge diesel flat deck made a brazen attempt to steal the ATM from the service station. There were two other unknown males in the vehicle.

They failed in the attempt and left the location. The police later discovered the vehicle used in the breakin on fire on Pampas Grass Way, (Seacrest Avenue).  

Pearson said he learned about the attempted theft when a delivery man called and said the doors were wide open.

He arrived, pulled the doors off, cleaned up the glass and went back to work.

"Thursday is our big sale day, because we do a 2 cent reduction on regular and diesel gas," he said.

The attempted theft follows a fire at EZ Fuel, at the former Oasis Gas location, in 2012.

Pearson said the owner took it over in May of 2012, and made it one building after four months of hard work.

They were a week away from opening, when the building was torched on the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend.

"It was a total write off, but a brand new building was built, which opened on April 9, 2013," he said.

Community support has made a difference since then, and there was a steady stream of customers walking through the door, this Friday, after the last incident.

"The community and regional district have been really huge in helping us," he said. 

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