10 Men Indicted For Conspiring To Steal $1 Million in Trucks, Trailers and Cargo

Truck Driver Wins $11.4 Million Settlement

In December 2012, the FBI announced that ten Kansas City, Missouri men were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a plot to steal $1 million worth of trucks, trailers and cargo.

Last week, details of the case were released.

According to an FBI press release, “Kenneth Ray Borders, 42; Christopher Dwight Turner, 44; Reginald Shawn Tidwell, 43; Harold Robertson, 55; Verdie Carr, Jr., 53; Ryonell Eugene Fredrick, 45; Michael O’Neal Foster, 54; and Myron Piggie, 51, all of Kansas City, Missouri; Jon Dirk Dickerson, 55, of Raytown, Missouri; and Kyle Wayne Dickerson, 30, of Holden, Missouri, have been char 25-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, December 14, 2012. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.”

The men are accused of conspiring to steal trucks and trailers, met, beer, Nike shoes, electronics and dog food. The indictment states alleges Borders, Tidwell, Turner and Foster stole the trucks and cargo, while John and Kyle Dickerson altered the trucks and trailers to disguise them, and Frederick, Robertson, and Piggie received the stolen goods.  Piggie is the owner of the MP Convenience Store in Kansas City.

“According to the indictment, conspiracy involved the thefts of five Freightliner trucks and 17 trailers between 2005 and 2011. The stolen trailers included refrigerated trailers containing such cargo as 39,000 pounds of meat, 565 boxes of beef valued at $149,790, $125,000 worth of frozen ribs, and several refrigerated trailers that each contained tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of frozen chicken, including a load of frozen chicken wings valued at $59,706. Also stolen were utility trailers containing such cargo as Budweiser beer valued at $16,657, Nike shoes valued at $217,353, and 21,018 pounds of Little Sizzler sausages,” an FBI press release states.

The indictment also states that the men altered the trucks by using false DOT numbers, license plates, etc. to disguise and reuse them. The men later dismantled then abandoned the trucks.

In addition, Borders along with Jon and Kyle Dickerson face one count of aiding and abetting for the possession of stolen vehicles and then transporting them across state lines.

“Borders is charged with six counts of aiding and abetting the possession of stolen goods that were transported across state lines. Borders, Jon Dickerson, and Tidwell are charged together in one count and Jon and Kyle Dickerson are charged together in three counts of the same offense. Roberts is charged with one count of possessing stolen goods that were transported across state lines,” the FBI states. 

The indictment also states that if convicted, the men may be required to forfeit any property obtained from the proceeds of the stolen property to be turned over to the United States, including $991,234.

The FBI press release states that the indictment contains allegations and all the parties are innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William L. Meiners. It was investigated by the Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General, the FBI, the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the National White-Collar Crime Center, the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center, Travelers Investigative Services, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, CargoNet, and the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.