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Truck driver accused of stealing $60K worth of lighters after private investigation


A semi-truck driver has been accused of stealing $60,000 worth of lighters from Bic Company while transporting loads from the company’s production center to warehouses.

Bic Company is located on Bic Drive in Milford, Connecticut.

Employees noticed the missing lighters starting in February 2020, according to the Milford Police Department.

An inventory report showed that in the company’s fourth-quarter in 2019, 333 cases of lighters went missing between October and December.

An additional 44 cases of lighters went missing between February and May of 2020.

Leroy Mack, 50-year-old from Stratford, employed by the New Haven Transport Company, was the main suspect. 

Allegedly, Bic began monitoring inventory more closely and hired a private investigator to monitor Mack’s deliveries.

According to authorities, empty lighter cases were found in the trash, which was used as evidence to implicate Mack was responsible for the thefts. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 10 at approximately 10 a.m., Mack turned himself in on an active warrant for his arrest.

He was charged with third-degree larceny, which faces a prison sentence of up to five years.

He will be sentenced in December.


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