Caught On Camera: $250,000 Big Rig & Trailer Stolen From Lot - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Caught On Camera: $250,000 Big Rig & Trailer Stolen From Lot

Posted:
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Members of the valley's big rig transportation industry say thieves are hitting them at a record pace.

The latest crime, took place at the Pepe Kenworth Truck Center on Jensen Avenue near Highway 99.

The crooks took a brand new big rig and trailer worth more than $250,000.

Part of the theft was caught on camera.

Pape Kenworth General Manager, Charlie Davis says, "If somebody robbed a bank and took $250,000, we'd have the FBI and everyone else involved. But we couldn't even get any police presence here. It's very frustrating."

Davis says the crooks broke in through a side gate, hot wired the truck, crashed through a locked gate and hooked up a brand new trailer.

Davis says, "I just spent an additional $15,000 to install cameras, in both my yards. Right now, we have on site security at all hours. When we are closed, it cost us thousands of dollars a week. We have to do it in our other store in Bakersfield also."

General Sales Manager of Central Valley Truck Center David Bockelman says, "It's a big concern because it affects jobs. It affects companies' ability to do their job, and a lot of us are spending money on security to protect them all."

Davis says, "We deal with the largest industry in California, the agriculture industry and you can only loose so much. You know it takes a long time to make that kind of money."

Money that Davis says is becoming harder each year to make.

Truck owners say they would like to see a task force created specifically to help catch these crooks and track down the stolen rigs.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Wildfire Destroys 33 Homes, Some Homeowners Return to Rubble

    Wildfire Destroys 33 Homes, Some Homeowners Return to Rubble

    Firefighters from as far away as San Diego are spending Monday night putting out hotspots from the fire burning between Oakhurst and Bass Lake.Monday afternoon, firefighters announced the so-called “Courtney Fire” was held to 320 acres.It is 35% contained, after destroying 33 homes. Another 4 homes were damaged.“We didn't have a full effect of what the damage was,” says Chris Christopherson, with CalFire.“Going through and seeing the aftermath, it's heart-breaking… it's gut-wrenching.”Jon Cun...More >>
    Firefighters from as far away as San Diego are spending Monday night putting out hotspots from the fire burning between Oakhurst and Bass Lake.Monday afternoon, firefighters announced the so-called “Courtney Fire” was held to 320 acres.It is 35% contained, after destroying 33 homes. Another 4 homes were damaged.“We didn't have a full effect of what the damage was,” says Chris Christopherson, with CalFire.“Going through and seeing the aftermath, it's heart-breaking… it's gut-wrenching.”Jon Cun...More >>
  • Central Valley Honor Flight - Veterans Arrive In Washington D.C.

    Central Valley Honor Flight - Veterans Arrive In Washington D.C.

    69 veterans traveling with the Central Valley Honor Flight are in Washington D.C. The World War II veterans are in the nation's capitol to see the memorial dedicated to their service.More >>
    69 veterans traveling with the Central Valley Honor Flight are in Washington D.C. The World War II veterans are in the nation's capitol to see the memorial dedicated to their service.More >>
  • Fresno Boy Becoming a Dance Star On Dance Moms

    Fresno Boy Becoming a Dance Star On Dance Moms

    Do you think you can you dance? I mean dance really well? Fresno's own 9–year–old Gavin Morales can dance and he has the medals and trophies to prove it. So how did Morales get started? Gavin says, "I watched my sister dance. I just said I really want to dance. I just kept practicing and practicing all my tricks. Tricks he's now mastered that have made Gavin a name in the dance world. KMPH Fox 26 News caught up with ...More >>
    Do you think you can you dance? I mean dance really well? Fresno's own 9–year–old Gavin Morales can dance and he has the medals and trophies to prove it. So how did Morales get started? Gavin says, "I watched my sister dance. I just said I really want to dance. I just kept practicing and practicing all my tricks. Tricks he's now mastered that have made Gavin a name in the dance world. KMPH Fox 26 News caught up with ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.