Texas plumbing Cos. sold pickup  truck appears in Islamist video mounted with anti-aircraft gun

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Contributor, Local News Louisville

Texas City, TX, United States (4E) – The owner of a Texas plumbing company is getting phone threats after his old pickup truck traded three years ago appeared in a propaganda video of Islamic militants in Syria mounted with a heavy gun.

Mark Oberholtzer , who owns Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, said Wednesday he did not know how the old truck, which still bears the name and telephone number of the company on its door, ended up being used in battle in the civil war-wracked Syria.

Oberholtzer also denied any involvement in terrorism and relationship with the Islamic extremist brigade Ansar al-Deen Front, which posted the photo of the truck on Twitter on Monday. The photos shows an Islamist fighter firing the anti-aircraft gun.

Oberholtzer said he traded in the truck to an AutoNation dealership when the 2005 Ford F-250 had accumulated 172,000 miles. He did not take the decals off the truck’s door expecting AutoNation would remove it.

The truck was auctioned and was likely traded from owner to owner over the years, according to Oberholtzer .

A representative for the dealership, AutoNation , told KTRK that it was not technically responsible for removing the decal and sold it to a different company in Texas…. MORE

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