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CrimeAuthorities suspect profit as motive in suspicious van investigations

18:35  11 september  2019
18:35  11 september  2019 Source:   wbaltv.com

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"Based on what was already happening in Baltimore City, this was extremely suspicious," Baltimore County police Officer Jennifer Peach said.

A white van found Monday afternoon at a convenience store diesel gas pump was the subject of a call to police. The caller reported that the driver was pumping diesel fuel into containers in the van.

By that time, the investigation of a suspicious vehicle in a downtown Baltimore parking garage had made big news. It turned out that van also had containers of diesel fuel.

Was it a coincidence or a connection?

"Our case and Baltimore City's case are very similar, so we are investigating the possibility that these two are related," Peach said.

Baltimore County police have arrested a 30-year-old man, saying he used gift cards to buy more than 600 gallons of diesel fuel. But police said it remains unclear where the cards came from and why there were irregularities with their sequence numbers.

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Authorities suspect that profit was the only motive.

"We don't believe there was any terrorist activity (that) was involved in this. We believe solely it was for the purpose of theft and profit," Peach said.

Police said the driver of the van in the White Marsh case and the owner of the van are pointing fingers at each other.

"The suspect says he just recently rented that van and it already had the gas tanks in it. He also says the owner gave him gift cards to purchase fuel and then return it to the owner of the vehicle," Peach said.

The van left in a Baltimore City parking garage carried 80 gallons of diesel fuel in two containers. Police said they believe that fuel had been stolen using equipment found in the van to siphon fuel.

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