Thefts of 16 Propane Tanks Concern Augusta Police

This falls under the “See Something, Say Something” category. If something seems suspicious, or out of the ordinary, report it. Richmond County authorities are investigating the Sunday night theft of 16 propane gas tanks from two Wrightsboro Road businesses.

“This is something out of the ordinary,” said Sgt. Robbie Silas. “We haven’t had a lot of thefts of these kinds of items.”

Although the thieves might simply try to sell the tanks — which can be used for heating and cooking – for a profit, more sinister motives could include making drugs or using the canisters as explosive devices, Silas said.

“Being that these things are highly explosive, we have to notify Homeland Security,” he said.

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