Charging station vandalized

Charging station vandalized

The electric vehicle charging station is currently out of service due to an atrocious act of vandalism this week. Someone used a cutting tool to shear off the cables at both stations. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)
An extreme act of vandalism has put the electric vehicle charging station out of commission. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)

The Town of Oliver is trying to make sense of an atrocious act of vandalism to the electric vehicle charging station near Lion’s Park.

On Thursday a vehicle owner reported the incident to the Chronicle, saying he was planning to charge his car when he noticed the cables had been sheared off.

A quick inspection showed that one cable was neatly cut just below the nozzle. The other station had two cables sheared off.

Darren Bjornson, the Town’s deputy director of operations, said a resident notified them that the wires were missing off of the charging stations, so they notified RCMP right away.

“We noticed that someone removed the Fortis meter and then cut all three cords on the charging stations,” Bjornson said.

He noted the stations will be out of service until they can source out replacements which staff are presently doing.

He said the cost could be anywhere fromĀ 5,000 to $ 10,000.00, which the Town might eventually have to go through insurance.

“It is a shame that these senseless acts of vandalism are being committed for a reward of a few dollars.”

He suspects the culprit was after the small amount of copper in the cable.