Believe It or Not: Someone Steals 53-Foot Truck Trailer in Batavia

It sounds like a magic act worthy of Harry Houdini, but apparently, semi-truck trailers disappear more often than you might think.

Believe it or not, someone stole a 53-foot semi trailer from a business parking lot in Batavia this past week.

And, believe it or not, police say it's not all that unusual. The crime is more common than you might think.

A semi trailer of an unknown value was taken from the Party Lite Worldwide Parking lot, 601 Kingland Drive, according to a Batavia police report filed at 12:51 p.m. Nov. 26.

The empty trailer was stolen from the Party Lite lot between the morning of Nov. 25 and afternoon of Nov. 26, Batavia Det. Sgt. Shawn Mazza said.

The white, enclosed 53-foot trailer had the word "Saturn" written on its front, and the victim was Saturn Freight Systems, a warehousing, distribution and transportation company out of Carol Stream. 

"I’d love to say it was the first trailer theft this year, but there've been maybe a half dozen," Mazza said. "There are actually crews that travel the country and steal these trailers. There has to be a scrap value or they’re selling them somehow."

A quick Internet search shows reports of truck trailers stolen across the country. An August post in the Lehigh Valley Live website said two men were charged with stealing 31 truck trailers, valued at $1.2 million, and selling them for scrap metal in Pennsylvania.



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