Two more electric vehicle (EV) chargers have been vandalized on damaged in Qualicum Beach, on Vancouver Island. This was after 5 EV chargers were similarly damaged earlier this year in Buckley Bay.
In this latest incident, which occurred on Thursday last week, two separate charging stations were vandalized. At both stations, one located on the Beach Highway, and the other at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, the charging cables were cut just short of the charging connector.
It is believed the vandals cut the cables for the copper inside, although selling it for scrap would not get the criminals much money. Roy Collver, the director of the Mid-Vancouver Island Electric Vehicle Association (MVI EVA), told Victoria News stolen copper would be worth no more than about $10.
The damage caused by the vandals on the other hand is estimated to be between $2,000 and $3,000. For residents and visitor of Qualicum Beach, just 3 charging stations remain available for use. The charger at the town hall parkade is temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 measures at the facility.
If anyone has any information about who might have committed this crime, please call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.