Let’s Talk Pirates

Arrrr Matey!

NO!  This is not one of those posts on the pipe dream of hidden pirate loot waiting to be found.

I am not going on some diatribe about the Spanish Main and stuff…..nor am I going to report on the “pirates” off the Coast of Africa that keep taking over tankers and such….not the pirates that operate in the Caribbean looting and stealing yachts…..none of those are good enough for IST.

I will cover the “pirates” that operate withing the highway system here in the good old US of A……

On May 11, 2013, a semi cab made its way up Interstate 555 from Memphis, Tennessee, northwest to Jonesboro, Arkansas. The man driving — a career trucker from Memphis — was accompanied by his nephew, and the pair was bobtailing, meaning their truck wasn’t pulling a trailer. Drivers often have to travel between warehouses and shipping facilities to pick up a new load, and these two men were indeed in search of new cargo to haul. Only in this case, they weren’t looking to do it legally. They were cruising the truck stops along I-555 for unattended trailers to pick up and steal.

Truckers sometimes leave their trailers at truck stops or even in parking lots in order to visit a mechanic or drive the cab home for the weekend. So the men knew it was only a matter of time before they came across an unattached trailer, overlooked in the bustle of a busy truck stop. The pair’s combined experience came in handy, as either one of them could hook up to a trailer, crank up the landing gear and connect a few hoses, then drive right off in a matter of minutes. Working as a team would make the process faster, allowing the thieves to blend in with the endless streams of highway traffic and be gone before the trailer’s rightful driver realized what had hit him.

At around 5:40 p.m., the men found what they were looking for. A 52-foot Wabash trailer, sitting in the parking lot of the Snappy Mart Truck Stop in West Plains, Missouri. The nephew dropped out of the cab and ran over to the trailer, directing as his uncle backed up. They maneuvered the large, U-shaped coupling on the back of the tractor, under the trailer’s enormous kingpin, which clanked into place and locked automatically. The nephew hopped up and walked through the space between the tractor and the trailer to connect a few hoses and cables. He took a quick look around the lot as he hopped back into the cab and slammed the door. It appeared that nobody had seen them. The two men drove off with the errant trailer, itself worth $7,500 even empty, and hightailed it with whatever cargo was inside, intensely vigilant but giddy like kids at a criminal Christmas

The Pirates of the Highways

Leave it to the Old Professor to tell you something that you have been missing.

To brighten your day….Jimmy Buffet…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Pirates

  1. That sort of thing goes on over here too. But the other drivers are often suspected of being implicated by leaving their trailers deliberately, and getting a payoff.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Ugh, thieves drive me nuts. I despise thievery.
    Now I wanna go watch Mark Rober’s glitter bomb packages explode all over porch pirates on Youtube. Grr… I can’t stand thieves.

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