Big rig stolen from Indiana truck stop, tractor and trailer recovered separately

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Indiana State Police (ISP) arrested a man on Wednesday in connection with the theft of a truck and trailer from a Jasper County truck stop.

On August 31, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and ISP responded to a reported theft of a tractor-trailer at Love’s Truck Stop located on SR 10 east of I-65.

The truck driver told officers that he entered the Love’s store and upon exiting, his truck was missing.

Police were able to locate the truck and trailer at another truck stop in Remington, Indiana, about 30 miles south of Love’s where the theft occurred.

From the ISP:

Officers quickly determined the vehicle was moving south again on I-65 and notified Lafayette Post troopers. Trooper Corey Brown located the vehicle traveling south near the 152 mile marker in Clinton County. Private Brown noticed that the vehicle had been modified from the original flight. The numbers on the trailer had been freshly spray painted, the license plates had been reversed and a different tractor had been hitched to the trailer. A roadside check was initiated on the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody without incident.

The arrested driver has been identified as Kentucky resident Dalwy DeArmas Rodriguez, 36. He faces a preliminary charge of possession of stolen property – felony level 5.

The company that owns the product in the trailer said it was recovered and in good condition. The charge was assessed at $914,000.00.

Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, an FAI soldier located the stolen tractor at the 232-mile marker on I-65. The truck was returned to the trucker.

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