New Brunswick

Transport truck stolen from lot near Sussex

A transport truck cab was stolen Friday from a lot near Sussex, a crime the owner suggests might be easier to pull off than car theft.

Thieves often take cabs for use in other crimes, such as stealing a loaded trailer, owner learns

A transport truck, without a trailer, was stolen from a lot in Four Corners. (Submitted by Kevin Lackie)

A transport truck cab was stolen Friday from a lot near Sussex, a crime the owner suggests might be easier to pull off than car theft.

The dark blue cab was not attached to a trailer when it was stolen from a Wheeler Road lot in Four Corners, where it's kept when not in use, police say.

The 2007 Freightliner Classic, with silver fenders, belongs to K & N Lackie, a trucking company based in Sussex.

The police told us that maybe it was stolen to steal a load of something.- Kevin Lackie, owner of K & N Lackie

Owner Kevin Lackie said the truck was last seen Friday at 6 p.m., and was noticed missing at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Two hours later, Lackie employee Ryland Strongman made a Facebook post asking for any information about the truck. 

The post has been shared 3,500 times and has garnered reports of some sightings, Lackie said.

"There was a couple people online that said they'd seen it in the Moncton area."

Lackie said Sussex RCMP told him trucks are often stolen for more than just their resale value. Often they become part of other crimes.

"The police told us that maybe it was stolen to steal a load of something," he said. "If somebody's going to steal a loaded trailer, and the load's worth a lot of money, they'll usually steal a truck to do that with. But nothing's turned up about a stolen trailer either."

Lackie said the theft of truck cabs is surprisingly common, since they are easier than regular cars to hotwire.

"It's not too hard to do really, with this," he said. "It's an older truck so it's easy to get them going."

The truck's licence plate is PUB 060, and the doors have "K&N Lackie" printed on them.

Sussex RCMP are asking anybody with information to call them at 506-433-7700.