Two truckers arrested in Indiana truck hijackings

| 5/23/2007

Indiana state police say two men who were arrested Saturday for allegedly hijacking three tractor-trailers loaded with metal are truck drivers themselves.

The police aren’t releasing names, but they say the two Chicago-area men are suspected in armed kidnappings that occurred between May 6 and 11 just south of Chicago in Lake County, IN.

In each case, a trucker and his rig were hijacked at gunpoint from a truck stop in the early-morning hours.

The victims were bound and left in their sleeper berths while the two hijackers drove into Illinois and off-loaded the semi-precious loads of metal – which included copper, aluminum and steel.

The hijackers then told the victims to stay put while they made their escape.

Indiana highway patrol detective Glenn Bovard told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that none of the victim truckers were hurt. He also said that all of them had locked their cabs before turning in for the night.

Bovard said the hijackers used a forklift to off-load two of the flatbeds.

In the third heist they hooked the trailer to their own tractor and drove off.

– By Reed Black, staff writer