Information Sought: BOX TRUCK THEFTS
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Polk County Crime Stoppers

Polk County Sheriff's Deputies are seeking information about the theft of two 10-wheeled box trucks from a business in Mulberry, one of which contains a hazardous material.

Between 10:00 p.m. on November 30 and 4:45 a.m. on December 1, 2004, at least two unknown suspects entered the fenced-in compound at Verdicon, a subsidiary of United Agri-Products located at 2001 Moores Lane in Mulberry, by cutting the lock on the fence, and stole two box trucks belonging to the business. Within one of the box trucks was a canister of Vikane gas, which is used by exterminators to tent buildings. The gas is highly toxic and could be very dangerous if opened. A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) has been issued statewide for the trucks. The trucks are marked on all sides with the company logo, an upside-down pyramid of green, blue, and red, with the name Verdicon, and DOT number 1203339.  

The truck containing the gas is a 2005 International 10-wheeled box truck with FL tag number N07 83F. It has placards on all 4 sides with the words "Inhalation Hazard". (The other truck does not have these warnings, nor does it have a tag. ) The canister of Vikane gas is white, 5 feet long, with an "Inhalation Hazard" placard on it. The gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. If anyone locates either of these trucks or the canister of gas, please call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to detain the trucks, and do not open the canister of gas.

 A reward of up to $1,000 may be awarded for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at
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February 1, 2001