Nationwide search continues for tank trailer

| 8/6/2004

FBI officials renewed their request Friday, Aug. 6, for truckers to help watch for a fuel-oil tank trailer that went missing from a South Jersey truck terminal in April.

Special Agent Vicki Humphreys of the FBI’s Philadelphia office said that the case remained open and that they still have concerns about possible terrorist uses for the equipment.

TK Transport in the Philadelphia suburb of Pennsauken, NJ, reported the trailer missing April 21. It disappeared from the parking lot at the TK terminal in Pennsauken between April 7 and 10. Pennsauken Police Capt. Earl Griffin said it was a few days before workers at the facility realized it was gone. He said the tank trailer, which had recently been refurbished, was empty at the time of the disappearance.

Company officials told Land Line in April that most national news stories had the description of the missing equipment “all wrong.” The missing tank was not a truck, as many media outlets reported, and it did not have a power unit.

TK described the missing equipment as a light-colored aluminum trailer (T-118) marked on both sides with the name "TK Transport" in large green letters. It has a four-compartment tank with air-ride suspension. Its serial number is 1H4T04320GK014902. At the time it was stolen, it had a New Jersey license plate, T852SC, and New Jersey motor or fuel tag 15148.

The trailer did not have a valid federal inspection sticker, which would prevent it from being filled at any legitimate supply depot. Authorities urge anyone with information to call a local 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher, the State Police, the FBI, the New Jersey Office of Counterterrorism or TK Transport's office at (856) 661-0600.

In April, an FBI representative said that there wasn’t any apparent motive behind the theft and that the trailer might have been stolen for parts. However, because of the relative ease with which the equipment could be used as a rolling bomb, authorities continue to stress that there is cause for concern.