The theft of two vans from New Jersey-area self-storage facilities is being investigated by police concerned about 9/11 anniversary threats. The thefts were not connected to any specific plot, but had unusual circumstances, police said.
A white Econoline van with Oklahoma license plates was stolen from Liberty Storage in Jersey City on Aug. 21. The theft involved cut phone lines and alarms and stolen surveillance video.
On Sept. 1, a second van owned by Tully Construction was taken from the entrance ramp to the Long Island Expressway in Queens. The driver was not in the vehicle. Police said the van was driven the following night to a storage facility used by Tully Construction. At least three people broke into storage units and stole about $70,000 worth of tools, and another Tully Construction van from the facility.
The Tully Construction vans are green with a red stripe and a yellow turret light. Tully Construction is one of the contractors involved with recovery work at the World Trade Center.