A team of cargo thieves has made off with approximately 1,300 vials of a life-saving cancer treatment drug. The estimated value of the drugs is $965,000.
An unnamed driver was on his way to a hospital in Dothan, Alabama hauling two pallets of Octagam, an immunotherapy drug used to treat cancer patients. On the evening of Thursday, May 3rd, he pulled into the Pilot near the intersection of I-65 and SR31 in Tennessee. He went inside briefly, but when he returned to his vehicle he found that it was gone.
“He came in yelling that his truck got stolen and I didn’t know to react to it at first because that hasn’t happened in a long time,” said a Pilot employee in an interview with a local ABC station.
Police believe that this was not a random cargo theft. They claim that the victim and the items inside the truck were being surveilled. When they looked at the tapes of the incident, investigators found that another tractor trailer followed the stolen Volvo into the Pilot. When the driver left, a man got out of the truck, climbed into the Volvo and took off.
Authorities discovered the stolen truck abandoned the next day just a short distance to the south in Frankewing, TN. The truck was still intact, but the trailer had been emptied of the medicine and the tracking devices placed on them had been removed and destroyed.
Above is a picture of the stolen Volvo. If you saw this truck with another vehicle on the night of May 3rd, investigators are asking that you call Giles County Sheriff’s Department 931-363-3505.