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Mathew Dennis Oliver Power was ordered to hand over his car to the Crown after he was sentenced for a series of gas-and-dash thefts on Thursday. (CBC)

A provincial court judge has sent a strong message to any potential gas-and-dash thieves by approving a Crown's demand to confiscate a car from one thief.

Judge Camille Vautour ordered Mathew Dennis Oliver Power to hand over his car to the Crown after he was sentenced for a series of gas-and-dash thefts.

Vautour also gave Power a one-year conditional sentence and ordered him to pay $854 in restitution for the thefts.

Power pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft and one charge of being in possession of a stolen licence plate. The incidents took place between May 4 and July 1.

The Crown prosecutor Michel O. LeBlanc asked the provincial court judge to confiscate Power's vehicle.

He said he wanted to send a message to gas thieves that their vehicles will be considered offence-related property and will be seized if there's a conviction.

In 2008, British Columbia changed its law to force drivers to pay for gasoline before they pump it.

The regulation was the first in Canada and has become known as Grant's Law — named after a young gas station attendant who was killed trying to prevent a robbery in 2005.