Harbor Police investigating half dozen missing tanker trailers



Posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 11:21 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- It could be a plot out of a movie like "Gone in Sixty Seconds" -- a half dozen tanker trailers vanish out of a New Orleans East industrial yard and now Harbor Police are investigating

They're posted for sale on websites like truckpaper.com. Tanker trailers that can carry thousands of gallons of liquid, chemicals or dry materials, and they can cost a lot of money.

In New Orleans East, a company called Dedicated Trailer Cleaning Services cleans trailers out before they're picked up again for their next load. 

This week, Harbor Police confirm a total of six tanker trailers were reported stolen from the company's industrial yard in the 7500 block of Terminal Road. The property is located in the Port of New Orleans jurisdiction.

"At this point, we're not certain if all six left the yard at the same time. We do know from this particular company, it was mid-November that they determined that the containers were not there," said Harbor Police Captain Kelvin Randall.

Police say they were contacted on Feb. 4 about the 6500-gallon tanker trailer thefts. According to Harbor Police, they're owned by a company out of Florida but leased by a company in North Carolina.

Police say each trailer is worth $60,000 each. Investigators hope that vehicle identification numbers, license plates or GPS tracking devices will help pinpoint the trailers locations.

"That type of tracking device takes batteries.  We're not certain if those batteries were just dead or damaged or destroyed," said Captain Randall.

It's now a case of who done it? Police trying to figure out how a half dozen empty trailers disappeared without a trace. Captain Randall says there have been similar cases in the past.

"Most times it's a paper work error. They conduct the inventory. Many of these companies have multiple yards throughout the country. They do have a tendency to turn up, from time to time," said Captain Randall.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Illinois-based company that cleans the trailers, but could not reach the owner for comment in time for Wednesday 10 p.m. newscast.

Investigators say those trailers are worth about $360,000 dollars combined. If you can help solve this case call Harbor Police at 504-891-7585.