Police now say commercial ‘shop-vacs’ missing, not fertilizer, in big-rig heist

first_img Officer Martha Garcia, a police department spokeswoman, said investigators believe the missing fertilizer does not contain anything that could be used to make an explosive, but they were taking precautions. “Because of the contents we are treating it with extra sensitivity,” Young said. Authorities described the fertilizer as commercial merchandise, packaged in sacks, for shipment to a Home Depot in Tracy The truck was coming from Texas. Advertisement “It’s being considered as a plain theft. It’s being handled by the commercial crimes division,” Garcia said. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh combined 5,000 pounds of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate with auto-racing fuel to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The blast killed 168 people. A big-rig whose trailer was stolen was actually hauling 28 pallets of commercial “shop-vac style vacuum cleaners, not five tons of fertilizer that was initially thought missing earlier, police said. Sheriff’s deputies recovered the empty big-rig just before midnight Sunday, less than 12 hours after it was taken from a stretch of road used as a popular rest stop for truckers. The driver parked the rig in an industrial area near Griffith Park on Sunday afternoon, and turned five hours later to find it missing, LAPD Lt. David Young said. The truck turned up about 20 miles away in Carson. The theft initially raised concerns because certain types of fertilizer can be used to make explosives. But police later tracked down the original shipper and determined that the load, which is still missing, contained vacuum cleaners, said Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Smith. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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