Ten charged in equipment and cargo theft operation

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | 12/26/2012

Ten Kansas City area men have been charged for their role in a conspiracy that spanned 14 years and involved stolen trucks, trailers and a variety of cargo totaling nearly $1 million.

Felony charges were filed on Dec. 14 against Kenneth Borders, 42; Jon “Dirk” Dickerson, 55; Kyle Dickerson, 30; Christopher Turner, 44; Reginald Tidwell, 44; Harold Robertson, 55; Verdie Carr Jr., 53; Ryonell Frederick, 45; Michael O’Neal Foster, 54; and Myron Piggie, 51. All were charged with conspiracy and an additional 24 charges were filed against various members of the group for their part in the conspiracy, according to the indictment.

Piggie made national news in 2000 and served 37 months in prison after admitting he gave cash to five high school basketball players he coached in summer league games.

The defendants are accused of stealing tractors, trailers, and cargo that included beer, chicken, sausages, Nike shoes and more from five states.

Jon Dickerson and Kyle Dickerson operated under five different trucking company names. Two of those companies were fined numerous times and ordered multiple times to stop interstate operations for failing to pay the fines, as stated in the indictment. In addition, the companies were cited numerous times for equipment and safety violations, logbook violations and drivers operating without a commercial driver’s license.

The stolen equipment, some with altered vehicle identification numbers, was located on five different properties leased in part by Jon Dickerson and Kyle Dickerson on multiple occasions, the indictment states.

Eleven different agencies were involved in the theft ring investigation, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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