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Trucker says he will avoid Memphis after spike in armed truck robberies

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An over-the-road truck driver told a Tennessee news outlet that he plans to avoid Memphis after a spike in armed truck robberies.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 2, police responded to the armed robberies of a FedEx truck on Winchester Road and a UPS truck on Summer Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.

In both cases, three to four men wearing black held up vehicles with weapons and stole packages.

No one was injured in either case.

Following the pair of armed truck robberies, local outlet WMC TV spoke with OTR truck driver Robert Kwasniewski, who said that he, too, was recently the victim of a robbery when he stopped at a gas station on Lamar Avenue. Kwasniewski said that multiple suspects stole about 30 boxes from his truck while he was stopped at the gas station.

“It’s a shame and it is scary, but I am not coming through Memphis anymore, and I’m not even going to stop. Which puts us as truck drivers in a bad position because coming from Michigan going West, you exactly run out of time right on the border, right before you get to Arkansas you are going to run out of time,” Kwasniewski told the news outlet.

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