Truck Thefts from Texas Soda Distributors Make Dallas a Hub for Hot Dr Pepper

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Thieves drove off with two fully loaded trucks from this Wichita Falls Dr Pepper bottling plant last month, before abandoning the empty trucks near Dallas -- the third such theft recently.
A trio of truck thefts from Dr Pepper distributors around Texas in the last few months have all ended the same way -- with the trucks abandoned just hours after they were stolen, somewhere between Dallas and Fort Worth, with loads of beverage gone missing.

In early February, according to a report in the Sherman Herald-Democrat, a Dr Pepper distributor in Sherman reported one of its tractor-trailers missing; police found the truck the next morning, abandoned 80 miles away in Hurst, parked along State Highway 183 in Hurst with its engine running.

One month later, truck rustlers struck again, hot-wiring a pair of fully loaded semi trucks at a Waco Dr Pepper distributor, and driving them through a chain link fence early in the early morning hours of March 1. That afternoon, police found the trucks abandoned along Lone Star Drive in West Dallas, near Interstate 30.

Dallas is a major hub for cargo theft, but down in Waco, police spokesman Sgt. Patrick Swanton tells Unfair Park this is the first time in his 30-year career he's seen a soda truck completely cleared out like this. "Occasionally, maybe you get thefts from beer trucks, when they're unloading with the door open" he says.

Swanton says they're still investigating the theft, but don't have any suspects just yet. As Dallas PD spokesman Ches Williams told the Waco Tribune, though, the fact "that the trucks were left in an area [where] they were likely to be found suggests the evil-doers who stole them were after the DP."

Then on March 16, a Dr Pepper bottling plant in Wichita Falls reported yet another pair of trucks missing -- each carrying $20,000 worth of product like the pair from Waco, and driven off the yard without keys.

Sometime in the last week, the trucks were found -- one in Fort Worth, one in Euless -- with the soda gone, according to a Wichita Falls Times Record News report speculating the Dr Pepper thefts could even be part of "a statewide criminal ring."

According to that story, Fort Worth Police are leading an investigation into the most recent theft. I've got calls out to Dr Pepper, and police in Fort Worth, Hurst and Sherman, and we'll update when we learn more.
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19 comments
physics2010
physics2010

These guys need to hook me up.  My Dr Pepper habit is not cheap.  Happy to say I'm down to a single 2 liter bottle per day though.

Jurassic Chicken
Jurassic Chicken

I think Sheldon Cooper's mom has some explaining to do...

@GoSeaHox
@GoSeaHox

The need to investigate Forrest Gump. With the Gulf so polluted, I'll bet those shrimp warehouses are stacked to the rafters with stolen Dr. Pepper

Kenny Vee
Kenny Vee

I must've drank me about 23,000 Dr. Peppers.

pimpdoubt
pimpdoubt

I am in Fort Worth right now.. drinking a stolen DP.

Firstlevelbard
Firstlevelbard

Five dollars says it's gamers stealing the soda and using the codes under the caps to get free crap from the EA promotion DP has going on right now. Frankly, I'm kind of annoyed I didn't think of it first.

Bakdunis
Bakdunis

That would make for a rather easy find, assuming EA even keeps track of who is entering the promo codes or even tracks the IP addresses in any fashion. I am sure if a single person starts entering several thousand codes it would get someones attention.

Mach?
Mach?

When is Mach 16?

D Dollar Dar
D Dollar Dar

Hot Dr Pepper and a lemon slice on a cold Cotton Bowl Sunday watching Dandy Don hit Pete Gent across the middle.

G_David
G_David

Hey Patrick, if you hear about any trucks getting hijacked out in Dublin, let me know. I'm interested.....

Thinktankubator
Thinktankubator

Liles is a notoriously conspicuous consumer of Dr. Pepper. I'm just sayin'.

busterkeaton
busterkeaton

Maybe, we should legalize Dr.Pepper...then there wouldn't be the appeal of the black market. Just saying.

Glenn203
Glenn203

These might be really smart thieves. I was in Australia last week and a 12oz. can of Dr. Pepper was being sold in a candy shop for $2.95 as specialty "imported soda."

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Should be easy enough to catch the perps - just park a bait truck and wait for them to strike at 10, 2 or 4 o'clock.

nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

You win. Funniest comment on unfair park in ages.

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