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Scott County truck drivers hope police put the brakes on thefts

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Many think of trucks as moving targets, but lately Scott County Sheriff's Deputies say they're more like "sitting ducks." Now, victims say they just want it to stop.

'They cut all this stuff off mine.... all that's brand new," explained a Scott County man as he pointed to the four new batteries in the engine of his tractor-trailer.

The truck driver, who wanted to remain anonymous, for fear of retaliation, used to park at Hostile Diesel on Delaplain in Scott County. But his was one of five trucks broken into recently. In each case, all of the batteries in the engines were gone.

"A Nice size bill; a bill I didn't need," the driver said.

The driver, like many others who park in the area, say they're hoping officers have the drive to catch those responsible, while steering clear of any other thefts.

Courtney Drown, an administrator for family run Rail Freight just down the road on Triport, says it's a problem in the area.

"We're struggling along as it is now, with the economy what it is," she explained.

Drown says they've done their best to put the brakes on crime---installing cameras. But she says thieves still think they've got the green light when it comes to stealing.

"Took a dash out of a truck that was sitting," she said. "I believe in justice, so hopefully it will be served in one way or another."

As sheriff's deputies continue to investigate, victims say they can't keep reporting these crimes to their insurance companies, or else they won't be able to afford it.

Investigators say thieves are selling the parts for cash.

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