There is no indication that the two trucks that have been stolen from Philadelphia this week are linked to terrorism, but the FBI and the Philadelphia Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracking these vehicles down. Law enforcement officers are concerned about the thefts ahead of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run this weekend, which is the largest 10-mile road race in the United States.
Philadelphia Police’s Homeland Security Unit chief inspector, Joe Sullivan, said although there is no indication that the incidents are linked to terrorism, police are being vigilant considering this weekend’s events are expected to see tens of thousands of people gather in Philadelphia. More than 40,000 people have registered to participate in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run alone, on Sunday.
A homeless man was forced by three men to open an account at TD Bank on Lehigh Avenue last weekend, then rented a white Ford E250 cargo van with Arizona license plates from a Hunting Park Avenue U-Haul rental business. Police have reportedly said that the homeless man was then told to get together with the trio later to return the vehicle, and then he would be paid. This never happened. A 16-foot-long yellow Ford, Penske cargo truck, with Indiana tags, has also been stolen.
By Rebecca Brown
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