OOIDA member's truck stolen in Florida

| 8/5/2005

Police don’t have any leads in the theft of a tractor and trailer and are asking the public to help them break the case in Lake Placid, FL.

OOIDA Life Member Larry Campbell said his truck was stolen from an empty grass lot near the Moose Lodge along Highway 27 some time between 10 p.m. Sunday, July 31, and the following Monday morning.

Campbell, a member of the Moose Lodge, did volunteer work in exchange for being able to park his truck there. He said he has used the empty lot for quite some time, and has never had any problems with theft or vandalism before.

According to police reports, Campbell had only one set of keys for the truck, which were in his home at the time it was stolen. So far, police have no leads in the ongoing investigation, and have submitted the truck’s description to the national FBI database.

Campbell’s truck is a blue 2000 Freightliner, with Florida tag A39009Q, which expired on July 31. The truck has a large crack on the left front side of the hood.

Both of the truck’s doors feature a large, circular decal depicting a bear and a mountain, with the words “Campbell Transportation Services Incorporated” inside the decal. The words “Monroe, Louisiana” are placed above the decal, and the words “Homer, Alaska” and “Alva, Florida” are below the decal.

Campbell’s trailer, which was also stolen, is a white 2000 Wabash Thermal King reefer with Florida tag C-8266Q.

Anyone with information concerning the missing tractor-trailer should contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department at (863) 699-3737.

– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer