Police in Massachusetts scramble to find suspicious truck

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Posted: Sep 11, 2011 1:03 PM
Police in Massachusetts scramble to find suspicious truck

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) - Police in Massachusetts were scrambling to track down a Penske truck on Sunday after receiving a report that three men were seen loading large drums into the back of the vehicle late Saturday.

The suspicious activity alert advised officers to be on the lookout after someone in Boston saw men loading a number of 55-gallon drums into a Penske truck, state police spokesman David Procopio told Reuters.

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack in which hijacked commercial airplanes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and a Pennsylvania field killing nearly 3,000 people.

"Given the tenor of the day that today is, and given the intelligence reports that we received from the FBI this week, prudent action dictates that we stop Penske trucks matching that description and conduct a threshold interview with the operators," Procopio said.

The truck was spotted Saturday night on the 600 block of Columbus Avenue in Boston's South End, he said.

Officials weren't aware of other details about the incident that made it suspicious, Procopio said. He said the alert was not a cause for panic, but a lead worth checking out.

Boston police had stopped and checked a number of trucks matching the description but nothing suspicious had been found, a department spokesman said.

Penske spokesman Randy Ryerson said none of the company's trucks had been reported missing or stolen in the Boston area.

"We have been in touch with local law enforcement and offered our assistance should they need it," Ryerson said.

(Reporting by Zach Howard; Editing by David Bailey and James B. Kelleher)