Lehigh Valley

Police: Trucker's air hose was intentionally cut

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. - Police are investigating a possible scam attempt in Lehigh County.

The incident happened at 10 p.m. Monday at the Wawa store on Schantz Road in Breinigsville.

Norman Gingras, 59, of Florida, told police he parked his truck, owned by the transportation company Barr-Nunn, in the parking lot of the convenience store. When he attempted to start the truck to leave, he could hear an air leak coming from the back of the truck.

Gingras told police that a white U-Haul van was parked next to him, and a man inside told Gingras that he could fix the leak, and that he had the necessary parts in his van.

He gave Gingras two phone numbers and told him to call to ask for repair service, so the man could start the work.

Gingras said no. When he found the source of the leak, he said it looked like someone had cut his air hose.

Gingras notified the staff inside, and they called police. The man in the van then fled the scene.

When police arrived, they inspected the hose and determined that it was intentionally cut.

Police are looking for the operator of the van. He's described as a white man who stands six feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds. He's in his late 50s with short salt and pepper hair and dark-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information should call Upper Macungie police.

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