Stolen rig found stripped down in Florida nursery, trailer still missing

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 4/14/2014

A semi truck that went missing on March 30 has been found, minus its trailer and cargo of 180,000 eggs.

The rig, a blue 1999 Volvo 770, and white 2012 Great Dane reefer loaded with 180,000 eggs,  was taken from a dead-end street behind a 7-11 convenience store in Fort Myers, Fla. It was found April 12 in a rural section of Homestead, Fla., approximately 140 miles away. The trailer and cargo remain missing.

Jeff Shoff, owner of RJ Shoff Trucking and the truck, said the tractor was found in the woods near a nursery. He said the rig was no longer drivable, and that much of the interior and exterior had been stripped or damaged.

“They cut the deck plate off, cut the APU out, busted the mirrors off, took the seats,” said Shoff, an OOIDA member from Windsor, Pa. “It looks like they drove it through the woods. It looks like they were just stripping her down.”

Shoff also said the Pennsylvania plates that belonged on the vehicle were missing, and had been replaced by Florida plates.

The truck was recovered by Alfredo Rivas, who works for a local plant company that owns the nursery where Shoff’s rig was found.

Shoff said he plans to restore the truck.

“I’m thankful they’ve found it,” he said. “I’m going to redo it again. I’d just redone it.”

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