The Philadelphia police arrested one suspect and haven’t released a name yet in the theft of dozens of propane tanks. They are looking for one more suspect in the case but still no names of explanation for why they took 43 propane tanks especially since market prices for propane are at historically-low levels.
Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the thefts of several dozen industrial propane tanks from two locations in Northeast Philadelphia.
Police say their investigation led them to a lot on the 2600 block of Wheatsheaf Lane where they found two vehicles as well as several tanks. One suspect in the thefts is currently in custody.
Police have not yet released his identity however.
Police say they have identified a second suspect in the thefts and are awaiting a search warrant.
The theft of the tanks, which happened earlier this month, sparked a counter-terrorism probe.
Police said 43 tanks were stolen December 16 and December 17 from Praxair at 2300 Church Street in Frankford and James Morrissey Inc. at 4720 Pennypack Street in the Holmesburg section of the city.
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.
Read more: NBC Philadelphia