Organized cargo thieves targeting high-value freight on I-65: Reports

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Updated Sep 15, 2022

A cargo theft crew has been targeting trucks in the Louisville, Kentucky area and may be highly active this weekend, September 9-11, according to Overhaul, a supply chain technology company that works with law enforcement and industry sources on cargo theft. 

On September 1, local media in Louisville reported a tractor-trailer stolen from the Love's on State Road 10 off I-65 while the driver was inside the truck stop. The tractor and trailer were found 30 miles away with the trailer freshly repainted, and the cargo was valued at just over $900,000, local authorities told WBIW Indiana

The "suspected organized cargo thieves" are following shipments that leave "known high-value/high-demand product" facilities before stealing the tractor and trailer when the driver leaves them unattended, a release from Overhaul said. The thieves may then hook a different tractor to the trailer or mask or remark the original trailer. 

Overhaul recommended drivers look out for "suspicious activity, such as vehicles following for long distances despite varying speed and exiting/re-entering the highway," and to maintain communication with dispatch while going through the high-risk area. 

Overhaul further recommends escalating the situation with law enforcement immediately in the case of a theft, and Overdrive has previously published security experts advising drivers to limit their communications on the CB when carrying high value freight

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