Police investigating tractor-trailer thefts

Rachel McAuley Staff Writer

November 19, 2013

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg Police Department is investigating the theft of three tractor trailers, worth about $30,000 each, from the old Winn-Dixie parking lot within the last two weeks.

A tractor trailer belonging to USA Truck Inc., of Van Buren, Ariz., was reported stolen from the parking lot, at 401 Bypass/West Boulevard on Monday. The 53-foot trailer was full of Campbell’s Soup products valued at about $28,854.

An officer responded to the old Winn-Dixie parking lot and spoke with Chad Johnson of Cleveland Street, an employee of USA Truck Inc., who reported the incident. Johnson said that he left the trailer in the parking lot on Friday around noon and when he returned on Monday it was gone. He added that there was no tongue lock on the trailer but the rear doors were secured with locks that were not found in the area.

On Saturday a tractor trailer of Chief Express, of Seaboard, N.C., that was stocked with assorted paper products of Cascades Tissue Group, in Rockingham, was reported stolen. Dana Dial of Harry Malloy Road reported the incident and said that the trailer was parked overnight in the parking lot, east of Golden Corral. When she returned the following day, around 3:35 p.m., it was gone.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Cliff Sessoms, assistant chief of the Laurinburg Police Department, went to the Winn-Dixie parking lot in response to Henry Carmichael’s report about his flat bed trailer being taken. Carmichael said that the trailer, loaded with $6,000 worth of plywood, was supposed to go behind his 18-wheeler. He had been parking his trailer at the Winn-Dixie parking lot for the last two years.

Carmichael added that the trailer had a tracking device on it and when he attempted to call the company that could help track it down he was unable to get in contact with anyone. He said that he would contact the police department if the company locates the trailer.

The investigation to find the stolen tractor trailers is still ongoing. Sessoms said truck drivers regularly park trailers there when not in transit.