A semi truck that was stolen Wednesday morning in Jasper county was later recovered on I-65, Indiana State Police said.
Officers from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and troopers from the Indiana State Police Lowell Post were dispatched to a theft of a tractor-trailer from the Love’s Truck Stop located on S.R. 10 east of I-65. Officers spoke with the victim who had been inside the truck stop and determined when the driver went outside, his truck was missing.
During the investigation, officers were able to determine that the vehicle was at another truck stop located in Remington. That truck stop is around 30 miles south of where the original theft took place. Officers determined that the vehicle was again traveling south on I-65 and notified troopers at the Lafayette Post. A trooper located the vehicle traveling southbound in Clinton County.
The trooper noticed that the vehicle had been altered from the original theft. Numbers on the trailer had been freshly spray painted over, the license plates had been switched, and a different tractor had been hooked up to the trailer. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody without incident.
The driver, 36-year-old Dalwy DeArmas Rodriguez of Louisville, KY, was transported to the Clinton County Jail where he was preliminarily charged with possession of stolen property. Police said Wednesday that charges will be filed in Jasper County by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. The company who owned the product in the trailer reported that the contents inside the stolen trailer were valued at $914,000.00. All the property was recovered and undamaged.
At around 11:00 a.m., a trooper located the original stolen semi-tractor abandoned northbound at the 232 mile-marker on I-65. That vehicle was later released to the original victim.