updated 10/19/2007 3:40:06 PM ET 2007-10-19T19:40:06

A tanker truck carrying 7,100 gallons of diesel fuel was taken at gunpoint from a city fuel depot early Friday, then found later in Washington, D.C., police said.

The driver of the tanker was fueling the tractor-trailer about 5 a.m. when a man in a blue jumpsuit confronted him with a semiautomatic handgun, Baltimore police spokesman Clifford Sterling said. He forced the driver out of the truck and took off.

District of Columbia police spokesman Israel James said the truck was found abandoned in southwest Washington.

Authorities said they were investigating the incident as a robbery, and did not believe there was any connection to terrorism.

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