PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- One of the trailers reported stolen on Monday was recovered today, only a few blocks away from where it had been taken. The semi-truck that had been pulling that trailer is still missing, as is another trailer taken from a nearby location in Murdock.
On Monday the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office took two separate reports of trailer thefts. One victim reported that someone had cut the fence of his business to remove a trailer from the Murdock Industrial Park area. Another victim reported that someone had taken his semi-truck and refrigerated trailer that he had left parked along the road at US 41 and Como Street. Deputies who took the two complaints suspected that the truck taken from the Como Street area was used to tow away the other trailer.
Shortly before 2:00 pm today, a deputy located the stolen 43 foot white refrigerated trailer in the area of Dexter Street and Abbott Avenue, only a few blocks away from where it had been originally parked. The truck that had been taken with the refrigerated trailer and the hydraulic low-boy trailer were still missing.
The truck is described as a burgundy 2003 Kenworth sleeper semi-truck with yellow lettering that said “Degeriane Transport” on it. The Florida tag number of the truck should be Z5288V. It may be pulling the missing 53 foot long Fontaine Hydraulic low-boy trailer. There was no tag on the low-boy, but it had “TH55” in white lettering on the neck of the trailer. The trailer had three axels, but only two of them had wheels. Attached is a photograph of the actual missing truck and a photo of a trailer similar to the Fontaine trailer.
Crime Scene personnel are still processing the recovered refrigerated trailer.
Anyone with information concerning the theft of the truck or the trailer is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).