The U.S. Marshal’s office is leading the search for truck driver James Farmer Lewis, who is accused of stealing loads from fellow drivers.
According to KSPR 33 News, for the past 15 years, Lewis has been stealing trucks loaded full of goods and selling the loads.
“Mr. Lewis steals tractor trailer loads. Tractors occasionally, but trailer loads of goods frequently, and he’s been indicted for interstate theft and transportation of stolen goods for at least the second time that I know of,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Walker told KSPR.
[pullquote align=”right”]”He’s just very prolific at this and has continued to do it for at least the last 15 years that I know of,” he said.[/pullquote]
Lewis has federal theft convictions in Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois.
“Mr. Lewis backed his tractor under the trailer and stole the trailer load of goods, which was candy bars from Nestles and Wonka brand that was coming out of Illinois. Later, there was a trailer load of goods involving Axe brand body products that was recovered here in Springfield that Mr. Lewis had also stolen,” Walker told the news station.
Walker says that Lewis is quite the career criminal and can steal a million dollar load in just minutes.
“He’s just very prolific at this and has continued to do it for at least the last 15 years that I know of,” he said.
U.S. Marshal Walker warns those in the trucking industry to “… pay attention to it, and certainly to all the people involved in the business you should be paying attention to a truck that would be around a business, because it may not be the truck that’s supposed to be picking up the trailer.”
Lewis is 67-years old, stands 5’11” and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
The Marshall’s office urges you not to approach Lewis. Instead, if you have seen Lewis, they urge you to call the U.S. Marshal’s office at (417) 831-0588.Follow this link for a photo of Lewis