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Seven Semis Set On Fire, Police Searching For Suspect

by Jana Ritter - Published: 8/01/2016

Police are searching for a male suspect who is believed to have set at least seven semi-trailer trucks on fire early Sunday morning in Brooklyn, NY. While authorities still have little information about the person behind the incident, a truck driver who works in the area says fires like these have been happening for months, especially during night hours when most companies are closed. Private investigators are working together with police on the case and a witness (who wishes to remain anonymous) has come forward saying that she saw a box truck pull up to the location, a man exit out of the passenger side and then break into at least one of the tractors set on fire. “The guy got out, he was short, I’d say 5’7”, 5’9”; kind of chubby. He had on all black; a black hoodie,” she said.

                                                                Seven semis set on fire

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The trucks were parked in an industrial area of Brooklyn along Stanley Ave and Linwood and Chestnut streets. The area is known as a common location for trucks to park overnight and often many truck drivers sleep in their cabs, especially when the job requires them to be away from home and designated commercial truck parking areas are getting harder to find across the US. Fortunately, no truck drivers were actually sleeping in the trucks targeted in this most recent incident.  The smoked out remnants of truck beds were first discovered at around 2:50 am along Stanley Avenue, followed by additional burning trucks found on Linwood and Chestnut streets. All of the damaged trucks were 18-wheelers, and the cab portions of the trucks were all damaged with the trailer portions left unscathed. 

                                                               Semi-trucks burned in Brooklyn

The anonymous witness reported that she had been on Stanley Avenue just before 3 a.m., when she saw an unmarked box truck pull up and a man get out of the passenger side appearing at first to be breaking into one of the parked tractor-trailers. “A man got out of a regular box truck, out of the passenger side. He came out of the truck, he walked right here to the passenger side of the tractor-trailer, busted the windows, and next thing I know there was an explosion,” the witness said. “It was not random at all,” the witness said. “Someone wants to close these trailers down.”

                                                              Cabs burned in semi-trucks

It took firefighters several hours to put all the fires out and the blaze left mirrors melted, steering wheels destroyed and some roofs completely burned off the cabs. Charred mattresses were still left all over the ground as of late Sunday and local truck drivers were left feeling uneasy about sleeping in their cabs. “I’m probably not going to get much sleep if I decide to stay here after seeing that,” said truck driver Roberto Lopez. “Usually when you come to a city like these, people knock on the door and I ignore it. Now I won’t,” added driver T.J. Wyatt.


Jesus Brito Jr.
Jesus Brito Jr.
Sounds like someone is burning out the competition
Johnny Schuett
Johnny Schuett
I hope they catch this guy.
Mark Burkholder Gayle Grindle
Mark Burkholder Gayle Grindle
Hope. They. Get him
Linda Dean
Linda Dean
People they are the ones who brings thinks that we need God not going to help a country that is full of hate we need Jesus badly you will have to meet Jesus for judgement day and God have mercy on your soul
Johnny Stoltzfus
Johnny Stoltzfus
They don't like eighteen wheelers, I'd love to see that city if we all stayed out of there for just 2 days!
Beth Howells
Beth Howells
its trash trucks
Michael Nexsen
Michael Nexsen
It said semi trucks not trash trucks I read the thing too.
Eric Ulrich
Eric Ulrich
Michael Nexsen look at the trailers! It's trash trks
Johnny Stoltzfus
Johnny Stoltzfus
I don't care what kinda trucks they are......you let them get away with those, they will be after us next!
Beth Howells
Beth Howells
there walking floor trash trailers and if they check its a fight between trash hauling companys happens all the time in ny city
Gary Melson
Gary Melson
Somebody has got a bad case of the LITTLE MAN SYNDROME. Hopefully they catch Him really quick and make a good example out of Him ..
Lester D. Bratcher
Lester D. Bratcher
The NYPD should do a sting operation and catch the little punks cause 18 wheelers aren't cheap
Matt Litteral
Matt Litteral
I've always heard that hauling garbage around there gets competitive big business so to speak.
Dawayne A Brice
Dawayne A Brice
This is what happens when you hire trash and then fire trash
Edward Fleckenstein
Edward Fleckenstein
I leave my Semi at the yard now I don't trust no one !!!!!!!!
Olga Yakubovsky
Olga Yakubovsky
Whats wrong with people??? Truck bring everything everyone use on daily base !!! Why ???
Jeff Hilmer
Jeff Hilmer
Well just got a curiosity is he a white guy a Mexican or Nigro?
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Agreed... Cool comment thanks
Joe Swett
Joe Swett
Hmm. Garbage trucks. In NYC. fuggetaboutit....
Patrick S Moran
Patrick S Moran
Lol maybe they will find parking instead of using city streets as their private parking spots
Tom Jeremiah
Tom Jeremiah
The Soprano's don't like competition!
Jay Blills
Jay Blills
Exactly... i live right over there...!
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
BOYCOTT NEW YORK CITY.
Beth Howells
Beth Howells
yea because we eat from trash trailers NOT
Kory Dwyer
Kory Dwyer
5'9 is short? What's average these days?
Betsy Hortenberry
Betsy Hortenberry
Prayers they catch the jerk,and prayers for the truckers,owners
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
absolutely right
Susan Traweek Allen
Susan Traweek Allen
I hope they find that idiot soon.
Terry Hill
Terry Hill
Short and fat..... They just described every trucker in the country.
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
<3
Gloria Morua
Gloria Morua
Gacho bad
Steve Trowbridge
Steve Trowbridge
Hope they find them and take them on a one way road trip.
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Yup Indeed
Linda Dean
Linda Dean
Frank there is nothing to make fun of
Nicholas G Tomcheck
Nicholas G Tomcheck
Hope they don't try to set an either tank on fire.
Linda Dean
Linda Dean
Thank you Bob
Mark Lunsford
Mark Lunsford
Where is this
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Always love anything like this
Chad Lippoldt
Chad Lippoldt
Pos
Danny Hulett
Danny Hulett
Darn
Linda Mullins
Linda Mullins
Omg
Greg Russell
Greg Russell
Brian Musselman
Frank Banning
Frank Banning
Down there they all wear that. Lol 🤔