Sheriffâ€™s Office authorities have called on aid from the countyâ€™s Economic Development Association in requesting all area industries to tighten their security measures. The request comes just weeks after a tractor-trailer filled with more than $50,000 in tires was stolen from a trucking company, located within the Lincoln County Industrial Park, prior to being dumped off in Mecklenburg County.
According to information sent to the Times-News Wednesday morning from LEDA, Carpenter advised that the business organization notify all county industries of the recent theft, making sure they â€œpositively ID anyone and anything associated with outbound freight.â€
Industry officials must guarantee that individuals who are picking up loads have a valid driverâ€™s license, Carpenter said.
On Dec. 28, a man who took more than 500 tires from a trailer based at Barnes Transportation Services on Finger Mill Road simply signed his name, â€œJohn Haynesâ€ or â€œHanesâ€ before taking the trailer, authorities said.
He had allegedly stolen a tractor-trailer cab from Atlantic Coast Conference Logistics (ACCL) and hooked it up to the tire-filled trailer located at American Tire Distributors in Lincolnton.
The tires were no longer inside the trailer when Lincoln County deputies later located it abandoned in an area on Statesville Rd. in Charlotte.
An ACCL employee told local law enforcement officials that they only owned one truck and that it should not have been in use at the time of the theft because the driver was out of work undergoing a surgical procedure.
Carpenter believes that by tightening industriesâ€™ security measures, additional theft can be prevented at those locations.
â€œThis will deter any future possibility of this type of incident occurring again,â€ he said, â€œor if it does (occur), we will have a positive type ID on any suspects.â€
LEDAâ€™s Existing Business Manager Kara Brown agreed with Carpenter.
â€œRequiring a valid driverâ€™s licenseâ€¦will reduce the chances of this happening again,â€ she said.
Brown noted that sheâ€™s in charge of making all county industries aware â€œof anything, good or bad, which has an impact on them.â€
â€œIf an industry receives an email from me,â€ she said, â€œthey understand the position I am speaking from and hopefully will give the email attention.Â In most cases, our industries prefer to be the first point of contact, and they have the option of running it up the chain to corporate, if necessary.â€
Carpenter pointed out that Sheriffâ€™s detectives have been working closely with American Tire Distributors on the case. While authorities currently boast more than one lead, they revealed theyâ€™re not quite ready to make an arrest.