Truckers warned about theft ring at Illinois rest stops

Thieves are targeting sleeping truck drivers, authorities say.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has issued a warning about a theft ring targeting truckers at two rest stop locations.

The warning from the Illinois DOT reads:

We are working with Illinois State Police to combat a theft ring that has impacted the westbound Three Rivers Rest Area on I-80 near Minooka for an extended period. It is now impacting the eastbound rest area as well. 

The theft consists of opening cab doors while truckers are sleeping and stealing their wallets. At the eastbound rest area, thieves are breaking into the cargo areas.

We urge truck operators to use extra caution, lock all doors and secure their loads. 

We strive to keep the rest areas as safe as possible and appreciate your assistance in the matter.