Tennessee man pleads guilty in cargo theft scheme

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (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.