Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Loaded Tractor-Trailer Stolen from Maryland Heights Paving Firm Turns Up in Ohio Hours Later

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Loaded Tractor-Trailer Stolen from Maryland Heights Paving Firm Turns Up in Ohio Hours Later

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Whoever stole a loaded tractor-trailer from a Maryland Heights business drove it like a pro in Missouri -- but faltered in Ohio.

Security video at Topps Paving showed the thief backing the truck, loaded with paving equipment, into a tight area Thursday night when it vanished, said Rick Bennett, oversight manager at Topps.

"It's not easy to drive to begin with, but this driver was so good at pulling it out, you can see him back it up into a very tight area," he said.

But the truck turned up Friday afternoon in Clyde, Ohio, where it was in an accident, said Erica Stough, public relations officer for the Maryland Heights Police Department. Clyde is about 50 miles east of Toledo.

"It was involved in a minor accident, and all the paving equipment was still on the truck," she said. …

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