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Reward offered for stolen EV donation box

After only one month in operation, the electric vehicle donation box next to ArtSpring in Ganges was stolen on Sunday and the owners are offering a reward for its safe return.

The pink-coloured metal donation box that sat beside the EV charging station outside ArtSpring was created to help cover electricity costs for charging green cars. It went missing sometime between Sunday afternoon, when donations were collected, and when Jim Standen of Transition Salt Spring’s EV group checked it again on Monday morning.

“I’d be surprised if there was more than $2 in it. It was most likely empty,” Standen said.

The box was originally fixed to a post with the screws that held it to the post locked inside. Standen suspects someone pried off the box with a crowbar-like tool.

While he’s not interested in getting the money back from the donation box, he would like to see the box’s safe return as it cost around $160 to make.

“I’ve posted a $20 reward for whoever finds it,” he said. “I’d be quite happy to pay the reward and not know who took it, so we can put it back up there with Fort Knox-type bolts.”

Anyone with information on where to find the box is encouraged to contact Standen at jstanden@ucalgary.ca.

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