Some police agencies in the country said it's too soon to say what effects record-breaking gas prices will have on thefts, but many had already reported a growing trend of such thefts during the pandemic.
The Saskatoon Police Service said in a statement it has noticed more gas theft across all its divisions over the last few years.
The service said it hasn't noticed a notable increase or change since gas prices began to rise, but added it will be monitoring thefts to see if there are any developing trends.
In Winnipeg, Const. Dani McKinnon estimated police have had a handful of reports of gas thefts recently.
"When people get desperate, they look at crimes of opportunity and they take that opportunity. It's something we're certainly going to continue to monitor.''
McKinnon said while theft at the pumps is always a concern, investigators were faced with a unique case this week.
Carol Jones arrived at Little People's Place Monday morning to the smell of gasoline near the daycare centre's three transport vans. The executive director thought someone had siphoned gasoline out of the 15-seat passenger vans, but she soon found out that wasn't all.
"We discovered later that the thieves had actually drilled into the gas tanks, destroying the gas tanks,'' she said in an interview.
The centre uses the vans to transport more than 80 children to and from eight different schools.
Jones said there was an estimated $700 worth of gas in the vans and it will cost thousands of dollars to repair the tanks.
"It's definitely a time-sensitive situation and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare for everyone,'' she said.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada said agencies do not specifically track personal vehicle gas thefts. It noted that any data on vehicle damage relating to thefts would be included under theft of parts or under vandalism claims, so it's hard to determine how often these thefts are happening.