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Alert: Man photographed trucks, tankers

Nation's truckers asked to be on the lookout

From Kelli Arena and Jeanne Meserve
CNN

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Authorities are looking for this man who they say has been seen taking photos of trucks and tankers.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Department of Homeland Security has tapped the nation's truckers to help find a man who has been seen taking photographs of tanker equipment.

On three separate occasions, the man also asked truck drivers several questions about deliveries and operations, according to the Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

"The individual in question is also reported to have videotaped tank truck operations and deliveries as well as taken photographs of tanker equipment," states the "Be on the Lookout," or BOLO, alert. "Law enforcement has requested assistance in ascertaining the identity or whereabouts of the person in question."

Officials say the man has short, dark, wavy hair and a dark complexion. He is in his early 50s, and truckers who have spoken to him say it sounds like English is his second language. He was last seen driving a white car.

The alert describes three incidents that raised concern: one in Fort Myers, Florida, in April; another in Tampa, Florida, in May; and another in Ringgold, Georgia, in 2004.

The same man is believed to be involved in all three incidents. There have been similar, more recent incidents, but it's not clear whether they involve the same man.

Though the BOLO request was made public this week, several bulletins have gone out to law enforcement officials in the last eight months. None has yielded any useful information.

The BOLO alert emphasizes that the Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center has received no indication that the man engaged in illegal activity during any of the three incidents.

The information was disseminated by the the Department of Homeland Security's Highway Watch Program.

The primary goal of the program is to help prevent attacks by teaching highway professionals how to avoid becoming a target for terrorists who would use a large vehicle or hazardous cargo as a weapon.

A secondary goal is to train highway professionals to recognize and report suspicious activity.

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