Detectives have 'good leads' in apparent truck robbery

| 1/5/2007

Detectives in Broward County, FL, say they have some very good leads in the alleged abduction and robbery of a trucker early Thursday morning, Jan. 4.

Hugh Graf, a spokesman for the Broward County Sheriff's Department, told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that 33-year-old William Jimenez had just made a delivery to a travel plaza on the Florida Turnpike when the crime occurred.

"(Jimenez) made his delivery, and walking back to his truck was accosted by these two guys, one of them armed with a gun, who put him into the small refrigerated section of his trailer," Graf said. "(They) drove him to an area not very far off the turnpike, where they bound his hands in tape and then proceeded to steal the stuff from the dry cargo area of the truck."

Items stolen from the truck included cigarettes and candy, Grad said.

Graf said Jimenez wasn't hurt, and that he managed to free himself and call police.

Yesterday's hijacking and theft is very similar to one that occurred on Dec. 22, in which a driver for the same company - H.T. Hackney Co. - was forced into the trailer of his truck at a Pompano Beach Walgreens while his cargo was stolen.

Graf said his office believes the two cases are connected.

- By Reed Black, staff writer