Suspect stole truck carrying $1 million in Microsoft Xbox consoles, Clarksville Police say
The pursuit of a stolen semi truck led to a $1 million discovery for Clarksville Police.
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The pursuit of a stolen semi truck led to a $1 million discovery for Clarksville Police.
The truck was actually stolen from a Louisville truck stop, but it had a tracking system on board. So when the suspect crossed the Second Street Bridge, Clarksville Police officers were waiting.
Officer John Miller, who was out on patrol, heard the dispatch call and spotted the semi heading north on US 31 in Clarksville.
"Once I was able to identify that it was the semi we were looking for, I turned around and tried to initiate a traffic stop," Miller said.
But Miller said the suspect made a run for it.
"I've never been involved in a pursuit with a semi," he said.
Miller said the suspect led police down a dead end street, ditched the truck and hit the ground running.
"I actually pursued him across the interstate, and we were able to apprehend the subject at a nearby All Start trucking/leasing place behind Walmart," Miller said.
The suspect, Magdiel Fleites Sanchez, was arrested at the scene, and police contacted Taz trucking and discovered the the trailer was missing.
"The trailer ... was about 100 feet from where I initially had seen him at first," Miller said. "He had backed it in in-between other trailers that were empty."
Inside the trailer, you could say it was a gamer's dream.
"The semi was carrying Microsoft material that was later identified as Xbox consoles that had a total value on that trailer of $1 million," Miller said.
Clarksville Police were able to track the semi so quickly using the tracking device. A company spokesperson said that's by design.
"Just to make sure that if any of our equipment was ever stolen, that our customers ... would not suffer a loss, and we would be able to recover it quickly," said Dexter Clark, Office Manager for Taz Trucking in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The suspect has a Florida driver's license. He has been released on bond, but he is facing charges in Kentucky and Indiana.
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