Truck recovered, trailer still missing after theft last week
By Karen Hall
A valuable truck and trailer were stolen from a local business last week and at press time, according to Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David L. Henley, the truck has been recovered, but the trailer is still missing.
About 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, Lewisburg Police Officer Brad Martin was on routine patrol on Rock Crusher Road when he was flagged down by Tankersley Concrete employees. They told him a loaded semi-truck with a trailer had been stolen from the business sometime between 6:50 p.m. the previous day and 6 a.m. that morning. Employees told Martin trucks are routinely left unlocked with the keys inside because drivers sometimes start work at 1 or 2 a.m.
According to Martin's report, the truck was a white 2014 Western Star 80,000 pound, three axle, semi-truck with a 21-foot flat bed. The truck cost $157,000. The truck had a 1998 Demuth Steel Products 24-foot trailer, worth $20,000, hitched to it. On the trailer was a 2005 Princeton Model PBX blue forklift worth $40,000. The truck bed and trailer were loaded with miscellaneous concrete blocks and mortar worth about $8,000.
Later that day, a teacher from Williamson County called Tankersley Concrete because a truck with their name on it passed her on State Route 840 near the Arno Road exit and a piece of concrete fell off it, damaging her car. The woman said the truck was not pulling a trailer. The truck was going very fast, and the driver refused to pull over when she signaled to him. Tankersley Concrete passed this information on to Martin and he confirmed the details during a phone call with the woman.
The truck was found the next day, parked next to an empty house on Double Bridges Road, said Henley, and was returned to Tankersley Concrete. So far Henley has no suspects, and no leads on the whereabouts of the trailer and forklift.