A big rig carrying Miller High Life was stolen this week, leaving a truck driver devastated and out 44,000 pounds of the popular beer. The man couldn’t help but crying when he realized that so much of his precious cargo had been nabbed at a small Orange County pit stop. Yet there is a happy ending to this unusual heist; WPXI News reports this Wednesday, October 22, 2014, that police authorities have since found the stolen vehicle and were able to return it with almost all of the deliverables intact.
On a routine stop passing through South Orange Blossom Trail, a truck driver named Van Thomas got a horrible shock. His big rig, carrying over 44K pounds of Miller High Life beer, was stolen by thieves. The victim was understandably emotional at the thought of losing the massive shipment, and he wasn’t alone. At least one other product moving truck full with alcohol was also poached that same Monday.
Thomas was almost finished with his shift, driving up from Texas all the way to Pompano Beach in order to deliver his cargo. Yet at the very last stop before his final delivery, the truck stop heist occurred, leaving him without his cargo of beer and without a ride. It was a truly saddening experience for the dismayed driver, who was hoping that this job would be a good way for him to make an improved life for himself.
“I don’t mean to cry about it but I’m just trying to do the best I can and make a better life,” Thomas admitted to a local news station. The tears certainly seem understandable.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the exact contents of the truck is what has made this unusual heist so newsworthy. Apparently, no less than 44,000 pounds of chilled and ready-to-drink Miller High Life beer was stolen from the big rig. That translates to just a couple hundred shy of 10,000 four-packs of the well-known alcoholic drink. Having never experienced anything like this before, Van Tomas said being nabbed really hit home.
“It’s just so devastating to me,” the man admitted when learning of what the robbers had done.
Thankfully, this troubled truck driver was not stranded at his pit stop for long. It appears that by a miracle or a sheer stroke of luck — whichever you want to call it — Thomas and his big rig weren’t separated for long. A short while later after learning that the robbers had stolen his huge delivery of Miller High Life, he got a sudden phone call from authorities saying that his truck (and most of the cargo inside) had been successfully found.
“Oh, my God. That’s beautiful,” he said. Talk about a needed sigh of relief.
The relief-filled message was initiated by detectives who had been trailing the thieves, and discovered that the nabbed truck was abandoned in northern Miami, Florida. Yet there are still some questions surrounding the recent big rig heist. Did the looters know the specific contents inside the truck when they stole it at the pit stop? Law enforcement officials are working together with a team of detectives to try and determine who the suspects are — they have not been found or brought into custody yet — as well as the possibility of them being part of a much bigger theft attempt.