Police Release Surveillance Footage of Northeast Philadelphia Propane Tank Thefts

Police have released surveillance video showing a suspect wanted in connection with the thefts of several dozen industrial propane tanks from two locations in Northeast Philadelphia.

The theft of the tanks, which happened last week, sparked a counter-terrorism probe.

Police said 43 tanks were stolen overnight Wednesday into Thursday of last week from Praxair at 2300 Church Street in Frankford and James Morrissey Inc. at 4720 Pennypack Street in the Holmesburg section of the city, sources said.

The surveillance video of the theft shows a man loading tanks of various sizes into a dark-colored minivan.

Twenty-four of the tanks are said to be the size and style used to fuel forklifts, sources said. Also taken were nine tanks that hold 100 pounds of fuel, four 50-pound tanks, four 33-pound tanks and two two-pound tanks, according to law-enforcement sources.

Investigators sent out a bulletin to authorities across Northeast Philadelphia earlier this week asking them to be on the lookout for the van and thief.

Tipsters should contact the police tip line at 215-686-8477 or text a tip to PPDTIP (773847).

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