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Tennessee authorities recover stolen trailers from S.C. containing meals for Laura victims

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Posted at 7:39 PM, Sep 09, 2020

Authorities in Tennessee say they have recovered two trailers containing $450,000 worth of meals on their way to Hurricane Laura victims in Louisiana.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers found two stolen commercial box trailers on Sunday, August 30, loaded with Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), according to WMBF in Myrtle Beach.

Troopers found one stolen trailer at a Pilot Travel Center off Interstate 81 in Jefferson County. They say it was owned by South Carolina-based Conley Trucking Company. The driver was identified as Antonio Eaddy of North Carolina, WMBF reports.

The VIN plate had been removed, but a secondary plate found confirmed the trailer was listed as stolen. The cargo was found to belong to FEMA, and the agency told troopers that the cargo contained 30,780 pre-packaged individual MRE bound for Louisiana, a load valued at over $200,000.

A second stolen commercial box trailer was found at a Pilot Travel Center off Interstate 40 in Cumberland County, Tennessee. The driver of that trailer has not been located.

Eaddy was taken into custody without incident and charged with Class A Felony theft over $250,000, driving on a suspended license, and criminal impersonation.

The investigation is ongoing.

Read more from WMBF here.

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