The Courthouse News Service reported earlier this week that an apparent dispute between two moving companies has led to the disappearance of a California woman’s collection of valuable Elvis memorabilia from the trailer her valuables were loaded into for a move to Austin, Texas. After Beaumont Trucking, the company contracted to do the move, stored the locked trailer on the lot of Bowman Trucking, the story goes, Beamont discovered en route that the lock had been changed and that the woman’s collection of valuable Elvis memorabilia (in addition to “her grandmother’s wedding dress and ‘urns with the remains of deceased pets,'” CNS wrote) had flown the coop.
According to CNS, some of the items were found by police at the homes of employees of Bowman, all the way up to the company’s president, Larry Bowman, who didn’t deny it. CNS, quoting the incident report, said Bowman told police he took the items because “Beaumont Moving Company owed Bowman Trucking money.” There’s a lesson here, likely: settling a contract dispute should probably involve the parties to the contract, not Elvis fanatic in the middle.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.