Tennessee man pleads guilty in cargo theft scheme
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Tennessee business owner has pleaded guilty to leading a cargo theft ring that operated in several states.
Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old Earl Stanley Nunn of Memphis, owner of Nu World Trucking company, used the company to steal cargo in several states, including a theft in West Plains, Missouri. Nunn pleaded guilty Monday to theft of an interstate shipment.
The scheme involved driving tractor trucks without a semi-trailer through truck stops and services stations near interstate highways. When drivers found unattended semi-trailers that were not coupled to road tractors, they would hitch them to their trucks and drive off. The stolen goods and semi-trailers were usually taken to Chicago and Detroit to be sold.
Nunn's nephew and son have both pleaded guilty in related cases.