Date: 4/15/2014 12:18:26 PM Ocean freight container with donated pharmaceuticals stolen
There was an ocean freight container theft - containing donated pharmaceutical products - in Miami Florida this past Sunday evening. The container was destined for Haiti and was due to be launched from Port Everglades. The container was attached to a chassis and had been dropped in a yard awaiting transfer to the port. The container belonged to Frontier Liner Services, is dark red in color, and is marked as: â€œFRSU 950592â€. On Sunday evening an unidentifiable, white colored, bob-tail tractor entered the yard at NW 25th Street in Miami - where the container had been staged - and drove directly to it. The container held a wide variety of products from two different pharmaceutical manufacturers. More details will be made available at a later date. The Miami Dade Cargo Theft Unit is investigating. Sergeant Carlos Rosario U304470@mdpd.com Office: 305 471-3374 is the lead case agent.
Date: 3/25/2014 10:50:28 AM Eight Arrested in Freight Train Thefts
Chicago Tribune: Eight people from Indiana have been arrested for allegedly stealing computer equipment, TVs and over-the-counter medication from freight trains in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana, officials said today.
In addition to the rail thefts, the eight-month investigation also uncovered an auto theft ring that stole at least 18 vehicles and two motorcycles valued at $291,000, said Lake County, Ind., Sheriff John Buncich. In total, authorities have recovered $2.8 million in stolen cargo and automobiles, he said.
"These guys really had an operation going," he said.
Authorities have issued warrants for about a dozen more individuals from the Chicago area and Indiana in connection with the thefts, Buncich added.
After a rash of thefts from freight cars, authorities eight months ago began investigating and found individuals stealing from rail cars stopped overnight or for a brief period of time. They targeted rail yards in the Miller and Gary, Ind., areas as well as the Bedford Park and Western Avenue rail yards in Illinois, Buncich said.
The thieves targeted "high-ticket items" that they could move easily, such as televisions, computer equipment and more than $1 million in over-the-counter medication, like Tylenol and Rolaids, earmarked for Walgreens, said Buncich.
Afterward, the thieves sold the goods online and at Chicago storefronts, Buncich said. Firearms were also recovered during the investigation, he added.
The individuals arrested are Cleveland Neal, 35, Onrae Jordan, 29, Carl Rogers, 34, Larry Williams, 35, James Magee, 25, all of Gary; Triston Smith, 34, of Hammond; Derrick Frazier, 45, of Merrillville and Amanda Grove, 32, of Crown Point.
The felony charges against them include possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a retagged vehicle and fleeing.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office worked the case with the CSX railroad and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.