Large beer theft reported after semi crash, CHP investigating
Last Updated: 34 days ago
LEBEC, Calif. - California Highway Patrol, CalTrans, a towing subcontractor, a trucking company and a major beer distributor are all involved in an investigation about missing beer.
A semi truck operated by J.B. Hunt, carrying Budweiser and Rolling Rock beer, was involved in an accident at the I-5 weigh station, south of the I-5, Highway 99 junction Oct. 25.
At that time, beer in the truck's cargo went missing, said a Caltrans employee who wished to remain anonymous.
The employee said a Caltrans crew out of Bakersfield took up to a pallet of beer cases.
Caltrans spokesperson Jose Camarena would only say a supervisor responded to the cleanup and assisted with traffic management.
Jim's Towing company was also on scene at the time of the theft, the employee said.
CHP of Fort Tejon recognized claims of possible theft involved, Officer Garcia said. CHP is actively investigating the incident, but is not sure who was involved.
Garcia said there is some confusion as to who was in charge of cleaning up the scene and where the beer eventually ended up.
Garcia said there is a significant amount of beer involved.
Beer brands Rolling Rock and Budweiser are owned by Anheuser-Busch.
"We understand from reports that a truck owned by a company that transports our products was involved in an accident on the evening of October 25. At this time, we will assist authorities with any additional investigation," said James Sembrot, Senior Director of Transportation at Anheuser-Busch in a statement.
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