New Jersey theft ring still at large, some trucks recovered

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | 8/31/2012

While no arrests have been made in connection with an apparent truck and trailer theft ring operating in the Paterson, NJ, area, recently recovered equipment could lead to a break in the case.

In mid-August, OOIDA Director of Security Operations Doug Morris, reported that a theft ring targeting tractor trailers was operating in the Paterson, NJ, area. Although no arrests have been made for those crimes, Morris said Friday, Aug. 31, that some of the stolen equipment has been recovered, minus the cargo. He said hopefully police can get some fingerprints off the recovered rigs.

All of the equipment is owned by OOIDA members.

A yellow 2005 Freightliner Columbia stolen in Robinsville, NJ, was recovered on Aug. 16 with the ignition gone. A white 2004 Freightliner Columbia and a trailer stolen in Paterson were recovered on Aug. 27 in Newark, NJ, minus the cargo of furniture. A white 2005 Freightliner Columbia and trailer taken from Paterson were found in Paterson on Aug. 10, also missing the cargo of furniture. The two trucks with trailers had no damage except the ignition and door lock.

A truck stolen in Linden, NJ, in the same time period has not been recovered. It is a 2004 black Peterbilt 379 stolen from Pennsylvania Avenue in Linden, NJ. It has “Banks Transport Corp.” in burgundy letters on the sides of the sleeper. OOIDA’s TRACER website reports the VIN number as 1XP5DB9X54D832257 and the New Jersey license plate number as AL732D.

A $500 reward is still being offered for information leading to the recovery of this truck. Call 202-246-2698 with information.

TRACER, the Transportation Alert Communication and Emergency Response program, was launched in 2009 by OOIDA. The program is a two-way communication system that sends alerts to members and coordinates information received from trucking members.

Members can sign up to receive text messages and email alerts for truck thefts and missing persons.

Truckers may call the TRACER hotline at 866-950-2291 or visit to get the latest advisory or if they have information to report about stolen cargo or missing persons, etc.

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