Audrey Garth, 37, of Wren, Mississippi made a mistake that will not only cost him his viability to be hired as a driver, but his freedom. Garth is now charged with Grand Larceny and is being held in the Monroe County Jail after he allegedly stole furniture from his former employer, United Furniture Industries, who suddenly shutdown minutes before midnight Monday, Nov. 21.
According to local news outlet, The Monroe Journal, Monroe County 911 received a call about someone unloading a UFI trailer on McAllister Road, about two miles from the warehouse in Okolona, MS. Garth was arrested around 7 p.m. Nov. 22 without incident.
Representatives from United Furniture Industries reclaimed the truck after the furniture was recovered in a nearby parking lot. The value of the furniture was approximately $1,000.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case, and more arrests involving this incident are possible.
Don’t ruin your work record! Please return all equipment and leave with your reputation better than the employers.
We know it’s a poor time of year to be out of a job, with all of the politics involved and position in the freight cycle. But to steal equipment and products is not something a driver should ever consider.
We’ve seen trucks and products held hostage before, especially in the Celadon bankruptcy, where there were many cases of trucks and trailers being locked up until debts were settled. B2B transactions are one thing, but an individual withholding trucks is seen as Grand Theft, or in Garth’s case, Grand Larceny.
Just return the equipment, make sure all your paperwork is in order for that final paycheck, and use the tools at FreightWaves Ratings to find the best paying opportunities currently available to drivers.
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