A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a trailer with $43,000 of Frito-Lay snacks inside.
Detectives found the trailer, which was originally from Georgia and destined for Homestead, abandoned near Northwest 60th Street and Northwest 35th Avenue in Miami-Dade around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers saw a man hook up a stolen Fed-Ex tractor to the stolen Frito-Lay trailer and head to a warehouse to unload. At the warehouse, 6900 NW 35th Ave., the driver ran when he saw police coming.
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Diego Armenteros, 26, was arrested and charged with the theft of the tractor, trailer and product (total value: $139,000) by the South Florida Cargo Theft Task Force. The task force has detectives from the FBI, and Miami-Dade, Doral and Miami Gardens police departments.
Trailer theft is nothing new to South Florida.
In November, two trailers with a thousand Christmas trees were stolen from outside a Kendall Costco. One year earlier, thieves nabbed a 48-foot, multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art television production truck from the parking lot of a Miami Lakes hotel. It was supposed to be the control room for DirecTV and CBS sports broadcaster Rich Eisen the next day.
The $43,000 Frito-Lay haul is peanuts compared to one South Florida man’s alleged haul: $2 million of Mucinex. Officials say the stolen goods were resold at a Miami-Dade store.