Mysteries abound in Brink’s truck stop gems and gold heist

In the early hours of July 11, two armed guards left their Brink’s big rig, giving a gang of thieves a 27-minute window to make the huge snatch, its total value still a mystery. Estimates range from $10 million to $100 million…

How much the thieves netted during the 2 a.m. snatch is hotly debated. Brink’s said it was less than $10 million based on the insurance. A federal law enforcement source and some associated with the International Gem and Jewelry Show world said the total appears to be closer to $100 million…

The crime didn’t match the usual definition of a heist because it did not involve a robbery so much as stealth burglary

FBI agents and sheriff’s major crimes investigators have scoured the Flying J truck stop off the 5 for clues…The Flying J Travel Center is open 24 hours a day on Frazier Mountain Park Road and includes a Dunkin’ Donuts Express and a Wendy’s with space for 47 trucks. Truck-stop cargo thefts, according to insurance industry underwriters, are relatively common. But data on U.S. truck-stop cargo thefts between 2012 and 2018 showed only one theft in Lebec.

Hope the coffee break was tasty. I wouldn’t lay blame on the drivers/guards. Long haul trucking is tough enough. Rest, refreshment stops are just about mandatory. Wonder if Brink’s see it that way.

Chicken held for ransom rots — finally dumped in Montana landfill

The truckload of rotting chickens abandoned at a truck stop west of Missoula was dumped in the landfill Friday morning.

Republic Services employees would not let visitors into the dump site while a crew from West Central Environmental Consultants supervised the unloading of 37,000 pounds of spoiled chicken meat…

The trailer had little smell Friday morning, despite having no refrigeration for at least several weeks – and possibly a month. A small amount of liquid was still dripping out of the drain at the back of the trailer. Piles of absorbent material were used to contain the leakage.

A crew from Iron Horse Towing brought a semi-truck to haul the trailer away from the Flying J at the Missoula Wye.

Driver Brian Baird said he drew the short straw this morning and got the job hauling the trailer

According to Nampa, Idaho Police Sgt. Joe Ramirez, the load of frozen chickens had been picked up on Aug. 20 in Springdale, Arkansas, and was supposed to be delivered to Kent, Washington, on Aug. 21. It never arrived, and the truck and trailer were first reported stolen from Dixie River Freight Inc.’s Nampa office on Aug. 27.

Nampa police listed the truck as a stolen vehicle on Sept. 9, but didn’t immediately enter it in the National Crime Information Center because of some doubt about the criminal nature of the circumstances, Ramirez said in an email.

Detectives later learned that suspect-driver, Christopher L. Hall, had an extensive criminal history and is wanted on a federal parole violation. Hall is now also wanted for the alleged theft of a 2013 Volvo semi truck worth $160,000…

Last Saturday, Flying J truck stop workers at the Wye noticed the abandoned trailer, but didn’t know its contents. On Wednesday, Missoula County Sheriff’s deputies learned the driver allegedly tried to hold it for ransom money. Dixie River officials declined to pay, and the driver abandoned the trailer at the truck stop.

Eeoough! Yuck!

Thanks, Mike

Republican “transparency” comes to power in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday defended his first executive act: eliminating the requirements for the governor and top aides to disclose how much they earn in outside income.

Mr. Haslam…told The Commercial Appeal newspaper of Memphis that while he did think the public should know the sources of income and investments for public officials, the amount was not important.

During the governor’s race last year, Mr. Haslam, a Republican, refused to say how much he earned from Pilot, a family-owned national truck stop chain with annual revenues of about $20 billion.

He overturned an executive order signed by his immediate predecessor, Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

When a core value of your politics is aiding corporate goals at the expense of the electorate an executive order like this makes perfect sense. Ethics has nothing to do with it. Access to knowledge of the hacks running your state isn’t needed for voters who only require ideology telling them how to vote.