Nova Scotia Health is putting locking caps on all its fuel tanks following a theft last month from a clinic in Parrsboro.
A thief made off with an undetermined amount of heating oil from a tank at the South Cumberland clinic site. The theft caused some oil to spill into the surrounding soil. To date, it's cost just under $9,000 to clean up the spill. Those costs are from a budget separate from the money used to fund health care operations.
RCMP have charged a 56-year-old man from New Prospect, N.S., with theft under $5,000.
The man was charged after police released video showing a GMC Jimmy driving away from the clinic on Oct. 16, spilling oil as it went. He is due to appear in Nova Scotia provincial court in Amherst in February.
In addition to the locking caps, Nova Scotia Health is looking at other ways to prevent any further thefts, as the price of heating oil continues to rise.
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