A trucking company is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves who stole an auto hauler in Florida.
According to a press release, Everfleet LLC, announced that the company is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people captured on surveillance video of the theft.
The theft occurred in the early morning hours of May 29, 2020 at 4850 SW 52nd St in Davie, Fla. where the truck driver parked the vehicle overnight.
Onboard dash camera from the truck showed the theft unfold. On video, it showed the thieves arrive in a white 4-door Jeep Wrangler. Next, a white semi truck arrived. The video shows 2 men walking around the truck, attempting to break in.
The suspects were successful in their attempts to break in. Moments later, the suspects drove the stolen truck away.
“In the enhanced video images, one suspect is smoking a cigarette while wearing an orange hat and an orange long sleeve shirt. The second suspect is wearing a black hat and a blue t-shirt,” the press release states.
Authorities believe the suspects may be part of an organized crime ring that targets trucks.
“Regardless of how thieves operate—by pilfering trucks and trailers left in parking lots or by executing violent hijackings, they risk the lives of our drivers and drive up the associated costs that are then passed along to consumers,” said Luis Diaz, attorney for Everfleet. “This is why we are asking for the community’s help to bring the thieves to justice and break up the organized crime rings.”
Law enforcement officers later found the abandoned tractor on I-75 near Naples. The auto hauler trailer, which was empty at the time, is still missing.
“Anthony Carmel of Everfleet said organized crime rings target South Florida tractor-trailers coming to and from the ports in order to steal the valuable cargo and equipment. In a recent report, the FBI found that nearly 40 percent of all cargo thefts occurred in parking lots or garages. Nationally, cargo theft accounts for between $15 billion and $30 billion in losses annually and have increased by 25 percent since 2019. Florida currently ranks third in the country for tractor-trailer thefts,” the press release states.
Anyone who believes they have information about the suspects in the video are asked to contact Luis E. Diaz at (305) 642-0078 or Anthony Carmel at (305) 842-9858. Your identity will remain confidential.