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Public concerned over lack of notification

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 A stolen van with deadly chemicals is found in an East Toledo neighborhood more than 24 hours after its owner first reported it missing. 50 pounds of hazardous materials were inside the stolen van. Police found the van in the 11-hundred block of Halstead.

Tonight we ask the sheriff's office why the public wasn't immediately notified about potentially dangerous situation.  24 hours went by before citizens and Toledo police were notified, and that has some residents concerned.

Someone stole a white van with deadly chemicals inside. The vehicle was rolling around Toledo and citizens didn't have a clue.
 According to this Lucas County Sheriff's Office report someone took the van from a Swanton business around 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.

"All the reports that I have been reading so far and grant it we still have an ongoing investigation, but immediate concern for notification was not implied to our officers at that time," said Detective Dave Carter of the Lucas Co. Sheriff's Office.

Citizens were concerned they weren't notified.      

"If the owner of the vehicle new that the chemicals were on there and were out there somewhere They probably should have for warned us that look for this vehicle now," said Joy Donley-Devore a citizen.     

"Because we don't know what kind of chemicals were inside that van. You have children running and playing on the street and if anything would have leaked out we don't know what danger could have been involved," said Melvin Harris a citizen.
     
The Toledo police department didn't even know! On Wednesday at 12:11 Toledo police found a homemade trailer attached to an ATV on the east side. They towed it and contacted the owner. Officers say the owner was worried because his van with the chemicals was still missing.

TPD called the fire department. An alert from firefighters listed the 50 pounds of missing chemicals warning TPD they "may be fatal if absorbed through the skin." Wednesday at 4:00 PM officers called on the public for help. A witness spotted the missing van Wednesday evening in the 11-hundred block of Halstead street in East Toledo. It was just feet away from this woman's home     

"I'm glad people were aware. As soon as they did know and noticed a van that isn't usually there props to them for getting on the phone and doing something right away," said Donley-Devore.

It's possible the camera on this home where the van was parked may have caught the suspect on video.  The sheriff's office is investigating and says every bit of information can help. 

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