110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Dec 11, 2013 - 5:07:38pm
The Beacon has not verified whether any of the purloined goods were chocolate kisses. However, an 18-wheeler loaded with $120,000 worth of Hershey chocolate products, stolen from a DeLand trucking company’s fenced lot recently, may have been found in South Florida.
The tractor and semi-trailer belonging to Tavares-based Sun State Carriers were taken from the JD Lewis Truck Center compound at 1410 E. International Speedway Blvd. sometime the weekend of Dec. 7-8, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. However, a sheriff’s spokesman wouldn’t say whether the rig had been found.
“Because it’s an ongoing investigation, I cannot release any more information,” spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Kenneth Szorosy, 66, of DeLand, reported the theft Sunday morning, and told a deputy he last saw the rig when he parked it at JD Lewis around 3 a.m. Saturday. When he arrived Sunday morning, the 18-wheeler was gone.
The tractor is a 2012 Freightliner, white with two stripes — one red, one orange — running horizontally front to back, and Florida tag F3413H. It is worth $90,000. The trailer, worth another $19,000, is white with a Sun State Carriers logo on each side.
Szorosy said the load was a variety of Hershey’s chocolates valued at $120,000.
On Dec. 11, a woman at JD Lewis Truck Center, who wouldn’t give her name, said workers there had heard the rig had been found in Miami Wednesday morning, but the company didn’t know that for sure, and had no other details about the theft.
Bill Bailey, operations manager at Sun State Carriers, said the company had no comment.
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