Semi stolen, along with $500,000 in electronic gear


Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 5:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 5:32 p.m.

OCALA -- A tractor and trailer were reported stolen from a truck stop in northern Marion County early Saturday morning, and its content worth several hundred thousand dollars also were missing.

The incident occurred at the Petro Truck Stop on County Road 318, at the Orange Lake/Irvine exit on Interstate 75, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office officials.

Authorities said the driver told them he arrived at the truck stop around 2:30 a.m. and took a shower. Returning to the parking lot where the vehicle was parked, he noticed the tractor and trailer, which he said contained about $500,000 worth of electronics gear, was gone.

He said he then called the Marion County Sheriff's Office for assistance.

The trailer is described as a black Peterbilt with a gold top and the words Gables written on both sides of the sleeper cab.

The driver said the semi-tractor was hauling a 53-foot-long trailer that had the words Premiere Trailer written on the back.

Officials said they searched the surrounding area and other places but were unsuccessful in finding the semi or its contents.

The load was picked up in Texas a few days ago, and the driver said he had made some stops along the way before arriving in North Central Florida on Saturday night.

Officials were told both the tractor and trailer were valued at $38,000.

Anyone with any information about this incident can call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 732-9111, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.

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