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Romanian driver tricked out of his truck and his cargo

20th September 2007
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A driver was left in state of undress at the side of the road after thieves made off with his wagon and its load. David Harris reports.

A ROMANIAN truck driver was left standing at the edge of the road in his underpants last week after thieves lured him from his cab and drove off with his load of wine.

The gang roused the sleeping driver to tell him something was wrong with his vehicle and, when he left the cab to inspect it, they leapt in and drove off.

The hijacking happened at 4arn on Friday 14 September at Hams Hall on Junction 4 of the M6. Police found the truck abandoned, complete with its load, shortly afterwards. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Round from Truckpol says the hijacking was similar to other recent attacks—the police believed the same gang may be responsible.

One of those incidents happened at the end of August when a Polish driver was persuaded to leave his cab at Wilton, just off Junction 6 of the M6.

He, too, was left at the side of the road as his truck with its load of copper piping was driven away (CM 30 August LGV carrying copper pipes hijacked in Binningham'). DCI Round says that, in both cases, a silver Subaru car was seen in the area. Truck pol has also appealed for information on this, as well as the theft of a load and burning of a trailer at Hopwood Services on the M42 during the night of 5/6 September.Thieves stole part of a load of vacuum cleaners before setting fire to the trailer and the remainder of its contents.

The driver,who again was Polish, was asleep in his cab during the theft, but was able to detach his tractor unit when he was awoken and warned about the fire by another driver.


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