Semi truck with nearly $1 million of cancer meds stolen out of Giles County truck stop

The cancer fighting cargo was on its way to Dothan, Al from an oncology company in Kentucky.

Posted: May 6, 2018 5:03 PM
Updated: May 6, 2018 5:54 PM

A semi-truck with $1 million dollars worth of cancer medicine was stolen from Pilot Travel Center in Giles County where police are working to catch the crooks. The truck stop is located on interstate-65 on exit 22.

The cancer fighting cargo was on its way to Dothan, Al from an oncology company in Kentucky.

Giles county deputies say they found the missing semi-truck in Frankewing, but the cargo was nowhere to be found. The criminals who stole the drugs are probably heading south.

"He came in yelling that his truck got stolen and I didn't know to react to it at first because that hasn't happened in a long time," said Allen Vannatter.

Allen Vannatter was working at the Pilot Travel Center Thursday when the truck carrying cancer medication was stolen. He said even on the busiest days like Thursday nothing ever happens.

"10 or 20 drivers will sometimes get backed up or blocked in. People will park here and stay some nights," said Allen Vannatter.

The truck driver went inside to pay and use the restroom. Store employees said a red volvo 18-wheeler pulled up behind the truck hauling the medicine.

They saw someone get out. Seconds later, the stolen truck was pulling onto I-65.

"By the time you get in, and get in line and get back out, you can take off. No one really thinks about taking their keys and locking their doors," said Jason Hart.

Truck driver Jason Hart said he tries to look out the store window to make sure his truck is okay.

Most trucks don't have signs that indicate what cargo is inside, typically just a company name.

"They usually tag them out and keep the backs locked. But it's just a small lock that can be easily broke of. They can take it down the road and get the stuff in the back," Hart said.

Investigators said drugs like these have been sold on the black market, often out of Florida to foreign countries. Hart goes to travel centers in big cities and understands it's too busy for other drivers to pay attention if something happens.

"This is the first I heard of it here recently, but since you've said something about it, I'm going to keep it in mind and pull the key out and take it with me," Hart said.

The medication is temperature sensitive. So, it could be dangerous if not properly stored. Other agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are also investigating.

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