Two rest areas along I-80 in Illinois are being plagued by thieves. The problem has gotten so bad that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a warning to truck drivers.
According to IDOT, the westbound Three Rivers Rest Area on I-80 near Minooka, IL has been home to a theft ring for “an extended period.” Now it appears that the problem has spread to the eastbound rest area as well.
Apparently, thieves aren’t just targeting cargo. They’re also targeting truckers themselves. According to IDOT, thieves are “opening cab doors while truckers are sleeping and stealing their wallets.” This is incredibly dangerous, so IDOT is asking truckers to “use extra caution, lock all doors, and secure their loads.”
The full warning is below:
We are working with Illinois State Police to combat a theft ring that has impacted the westbound Three Rivers Rest Area on I-80 near Minooka for an extended period. It is now impacting the eastbound rest area as well.
The theft consists of opening cab doors while truckers are sleeping and stealing their wallets. At the eastbound rest area, thieves are breaking into the cargo areas.
We urge truck operators to use extra caution, lock all doors and secure their loads.
We strive to keep the rest areas as safe as possible and appreciate your assistance in the matter.
Stay safe out there!