Truck Driver In South Carolina Detained After He Reportedly Stole 20 Tonnes Of Chicken

According to investigators, a truck driver from South Carolina who was employed to deliver chicken is suspected of making sales to individuals while travelling to his destination and then keeping the proceeds for personal gain.

Truck Driver In South Carolina Detained After He Reportedly Stole 20 Tonnes Of Chicken

According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Thomas, 55, of Florence, was employed by a Pilgrim’s Pride Plant in Sumter to deliver chicken to two locations in Milton, Georgia. However, he was detained when authorities believed he had taken the goods and intended to resell them.

“Thomas was to deliver approximately 41,000 pounds of chicken valued at approximately $80,000. He was arrested with approximately seven pallets loaded with 215 cases of chicken weighing 8,000 pounds remaining. It is believed that Thomas sold about 33,000 pounds of chicken,” the sheriff’s office said.

Eventually, on Nov. 25, Thomas was taken into custody during a traffic check after authorities received information about the next place he was supposed to sell the chicken. When he was arrested and formally accused of theft and breach of trust, it was thought that he was in the process of selling more.

Following a tip regarding the whereabouts of Thomas’s next buyer, a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office detective, working with a Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigator and Lee County deputies, detained Thomas, according to officials.

“Following the tip, law enforcement was able to travel to where Thomas had agreed to meet a buyer. Upon Thomas’ arrival at the predetermined location, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigator and the deputies from Lee County activated their blue lights and performed a traffic stop,” the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the sheriff’s office, Thomas gave permission for the truck to be searched, and when it was opened, the investigator discovered pallets filled with cases of frozen chicken. Thomas was then taken into custody when it was determined that the pallets included stolen poultry from Pilgrim’s Pride.

According to authorities, Thomas was taken to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Centre and is still being held there with a $50,000 surety bond.

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