have recovered more than $1 million in tractors, trailers, forklifts
and box trucks they say were stolen over the past 18 months in
what was likely a statewide ring.
was charged Sept. 23 with multiple counts of grand theft, possessing
stolen property and altering vehicle identification numbers, according
to a published report. No one else has been charged, but the investigation
was ongoing and more arrests were expected.
A tip about
a stolen forklift led auto theft detectives to Natal's business,
Natal Express Inc. Detectives found three forklifts, 12 semitrailers,
seven tractors and a single-body truck, all allegedly stolen.
found 22 pallets of marble slabs worth $200,000 inside one trailer.
Tools allegedly used to alter VIN numbers were also confiscated.