Stop at Tennessee scale lands driver in jail for trailer, cargo theft

| Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Florida man faces charges in connection with a stolen trailer load of cell phones after attempting to flee a Tennessee scale house during an inspection on Oct. 25.

Oreste Garcia, 51, of Orlando, FL, was pulled into the Coffee County Scales Complex in Manchester at approximately 2:40 a.m. Trooper Corey Stuart – a recent graduate of the highway patrol cadet academy – asked Garcia for his logbook and planned to conduct a Level III inspection after becoming suspicious, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol press release.

Garcia left on the premise of retrieving his logbook, but instead took off into the woods. Stuart realized Garcia was missing and contacted two state troopers, the Manchester Police Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. Garcia was arrested about a mile away walking on eastbound Interstate 24.

Police discovered 18 pallets of cell phones during an inspection of the trailer. Further investigation revealed the trailer had been reported stolen from Jeffersonville, IN. The trailer and its load were valued at approximately $200,000, according to a press release.

Garcia was charged with felony theft of property, refusal of drug inspection, and evading arrest.

Garcia is also a federal parolee out of Florida. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to offenses in 2002 of theft and transportation of goods in interstate commerce; theft of goods, which were part of an interstate shipment of freight; and transportation of stolen goods in interstate commerce. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $50,580, according to court documents.

Garcia remains at the Coffee County Jail on $506,000 bond on the current charges.

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