Big Rigs Burglarized in Midland County

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - This isnt the first time, Permian Trucking and Hot Shot Service has been hit, but it is the first time they've ended up with this much damage.

The worst part is, this isn't the first time this type of business has been targeted.

Now, they want to get the word out, and make sure whoever is responsible, gets caught.

"Somebody's walking around with a bunch of CB radios and stereos and they're a bunch of thieves."

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter cuts right to chase, after the latest in a series of burglaries in Midland County.

"We've had a rash of auto burglaries in the last 4-5 days, involving trucks.  Where they have done the same thing, broken in the passenger window, stolen the CB radios and stereos," Painter said.

Scott Fraser, with Permian Trucking told NewsWest Nine, they've been hit before, but nothing like what happened to their trucks sometime between 11:00 p.m. Monday night and 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

"We have five of them that were vandalized, windows were broken in, CB's and stereos were yanked out of the consoles," Fraser said.

And this most recent hit is going to sting a bit.

"It was thousands of dollars or more.  We can't really estimate it because none of these trucks can go out until we get them fixed, probably.  So any business that comes in right now is going to be neglected.   It's not a very good scenario for our company at this point," Fraser added.

Sheriff Painter says, based on evidence in all the cases, they have reason to believe; the same person or persons could be behind them all.

"It's the same method that they're using to break in to all the other vehicles. One guy can't be capable of going out and breaking in to all those vehicles at one time, he had to have some help," Painter said.

He also recommends businesses take what ever precautions they can to keep from becoming the next victim.   Even though it may be too little too late, Permian Trucking is beefing up their security.

"Eventually this whole place is going to be fenced in.  We're going to have a night dispatch that's going to be here 24 hours a day.  We're also going to install some kind of a camera system to keep an eye on the trucks out here.  Unfortunately none of that was done, yet," Fraser said.

The owner of Permian Trucking and Hot Shot, Chris Harris says, he's confident whoever did this will be caught.

They plan on having on sight security around the clock, until the new security system can be installed.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call Midland Crime Stoppers at 694-TIPS.