Police said Wednesday they are searching for a missing Maryland tanker truck loaded with 3,000 gallons of gasoline, stoking fears of a possible terror threat.
The 10-wheel truck disappeared sometime between 4:30 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday from a secure lot in northeastern Maryland, authorities said. According to the Kent County Sheriff's Office, the chainlink fence leading into the lot was cut and the thief hot wired the truck to get it out.
While nothing in the investigation points to a threat, the FBI has been called in to assist with the search Coming just days the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 and reports of a possible Al Qaida plot, Kent County Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Owens acknowledged, "there's greater concern it may be connected to terrorism."
Police said they have no surveillance video of the theft and the truck does not have GPS tracking. The truck has an Alger Oil logo on the tank and a license plate number 310E03.
Alger services the upper Eastern Shore and Harford County in Maryland, northern Delaware and southern Pennsylvania. Officials say the delivery trucks aren’t usually seen outside the areas they serve.
"If 9/11 had not happened 10 years ago, you would just think wow someone is stealing the gas because gas prices are high," nearby resident Rhonda Cataldo told Baltimore's ABC 2 News.