A Pennsylvania man and a New Jersey man have been arrested for stealing $1.2 million worth of trailers and selling them for scrap metal.
According to the Easton Patch, Jason Smith, 37, and Christopher Warnicke have been charged with felony theft, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. In addition, Warnicke has been charged with two counts of corrupt organizations.
Authorities say the men were responsible for the theft of 31 trailers over a three-month period.
The investigation began in June when a trailer owned by W.W. Transport was reported stolen from Conagra.
According to the Easton Patch, the owner of W.W. Transport received an anonymous tip that one of his employees by the name of “Jay” was stealing trailers and selling them for scrap. The owner says the only “Jay” on his payroll was Jason Smith.
W.W. Transport did an inventory of their fleet and found that 21 trailers were missing.
Police say 29 trailers were stolen from W.W. Transport and two were stolen from InterCoastal Trucking.
Smith turned himself into police and has been released on a $50,000 bail.