Imagine locking your truck and heading into Wal-Mart for
supplies, only to return an hour later to find your truck missing and your livelihood
That's what happened to owner-operators Robert and Diane
Whaley of Plant City, FL, after parking their truck in the parking lot of a
Wal-Mart in Stockbridge, GA, on Nov. 14. Their 1999 Freightliner Century
bobtail was stolen between the time of 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. while the couple
was shopping for supplies inside.
After their initial surprise, Diane Whaley said she and her
husband immediately filed a police report with the Henry County police
department; however, no one has reported seeing their truck.
"Nobody has seen it at all," Diane said. "It's like it
disappeared in thin air."
Besides losing their truck, Diane said the company they were
leased to - Southern Freight - suddenly released them from their lease because
they could no longer haul for the company. They previously worked as company
drivers for Southern Freight for two years before obtaining their own
"We were really surprised when we called the company and
they told us they no longer needed us and were terminating our lease," Diane
The couple was also left without any financial resources,
because Robert Whaley's wallet, which was in the cab of the truck at the time,
was also stolen. His wallet contained his driver's license and the couple's
bank information. The couple had to call family members to drive to Georgia to
pick them up and then drive them back to Florida.
"We were left without any resources," Diane said. "We had to
close down our bank account, everything, because of this."
The Whaley's' tractor is "Werner" blue 1999 Freightliner
Century bobtail with a custom touches that includes purple and gold paint
swatches, and has broken arrow artwork on the back of the cab. The cab doors
also feature the name "Pocahontas" in gold lettering. Diane said this was the
CB handle for her husband's mom, who was also a truck driver. Two crossed
hatchets are also custom-painted on the cab doors.
If you have any information regarding the truck, please call
Mike Hardy, detective with the Henry County Police Department, at 404-391-0612.
Kell-Holland, staff writer