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Truck driver in Philadelphia robbed during rest stop meat heist

More than $12,000 worth of pork was nabbed from a parked truck in Northeast Philadelphia, marking the area's 37th cargo theft of 2024.

What happened: In the midst of his rest, the truck driver felt his rig shake as thieves snatched 56 cases of pork. The occurcence shook the trucking community on the night of April 10 along Charter Road.

The aftermath: The stealthy heist left the driver without his cargo, as the criminals supposedly fled in a silver Lexus SUV, reported by 6abc. It's an alarming wakeup call for drivers resting overnight in this known theft hotspot.

  • Police suspect multiple vehicles may be involved in transporting the stolen meats, reminiscent of a similar bourbon and meat heist last month.
  • Officers stress the thieves often strike while drivers sleep, making use of the loud noise from refrigerated trucks as cover.

Security measures: In response, some truckers are taking extra precautions, with trucker Mark Leighton mentioning a 'meat lock' he uses to safeguard his loads.

The Philadelphia Police Department continues their search for the perpetrators of this latest heist while truckers remain on high alert in the area.

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