Michigan Police Continue to Investigate Vandalism of Semis

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Vandals have targeted one freight hauling company, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage to their fleet.

Michigan State, Michigan City, as well as Lincoln and Benton Township police are all investigating vandalism to 13 different vehicles.

Police say the vehicles belong to just two different companies.

Shawn Freeman drives a tractor trailer for Contract Freighters Incorporated from Joplin Missouri.

While he is on the road today, he was out of work for a few days last summer. “It wasn’t even a twenty four hour period. I left the truck, where I was supposed to leave my truck sitting. I came back and they took both of my airtanks and the electrical connector off the back of the tractor.”

Freeman tells NewsCenter 16 they never found out who was responsible. “It could have been an owner operator who wasn’t at the truck at the time, and saw that I wasn’t there and just took what he needed.”

But vandals who ravaged thirteen big rigs across Michiana this weekend didn't take anything from their victims.

They punctured tires and cut brake lines.

It is estimated each of the trucks will cost 12 to 15 thousand dollars to repair.

Michigan State Police say this is not random crime. “We’re pretty confident they're all connected. We're not going to go into great detail about why we think that but all the trucks that have damage are area or ads logistics,” explains Trooper John Moore.

Police have taken statements from 11 different people since Saturday morning, and they are asking anyone with information to call them, hopeful they will catch the criminals.

Meanwhile drivers on the road are not sure police will be so lucky.

While most of the drivers we talked to today did not want to go on camera, many told us that the crimes are most likely linked to contract bids that area recently won.

About one hundred tires had to be replaced, after the suspects drilled holes in them.

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