Plumber’s Truck Ends Up In Syria

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A Texas plumber is getting some unwanted attention after one of his old company vehicles appeared in a photo posted on an Islamic militant group’s social media account.

The Galveston County Daily News reports Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City has been flooded with calls after the picture appeared online. The photo shows a black pick-up truck with a Mark-1 Plumbing decal on the door and an anti-aircraft gun in the bed.

Company owner Mark Oberholtzer says the pickup truck in the photo is his but he no longer owns it and has no idea how it ended up in Syria.

Oberholtzer said he traded the truck to an AutoNation dealership.  He usually takes the decals off when he sells his vehicles but he expected AutoNation would take them off.

“They were supposed to have done it and it looks like they didn’t do it,” Oberholtzer told the newspaper.  “How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know.”

Oberholtzer says he traded in the truck three years ago. He says his business has received thousands of calls about the photo, some of them “really ugly.”

He just wants the public to know that he does not own the vehicle anymore.

“I just want it to go away, to tell you the truth,” he told the Daily News.

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