SUMTER, S.C. — A truck driver has been arrested in South Carolina after police say he failed to deliver 41,000 pounds of chicken to two locations in Milton, Georgia.
According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Thomas, 55, was hired by Pilgrim’s Pride to deliver the chicken but instead began selling it.
Investigators said they believe Thomas was in the process of selling more when deputies pulled him over for a traffic stop on Nov. 25.
After Thomas gave consent for officers to search the rig, they found pallets loaded with cases of frozen chicken that were confirmed to be stolen from Pilgrim’s Pride.
Thomas was arrested with approximately seven pallets loaded with 215 cases of chicken weighing 8,000 pounds.
Police said they believe Thomas sold about 33,000 pounds of chicken.
He is being charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent.
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in East Texas, John Worthen returned to his home state to attend college in 1998 and decided to make his life in The Natural State. Worthen is a 20-year veteran of the journalism industry and has covered just about every topic there is. He has a passion for writing and telling stories. He has worked as a beat reporter and bureau chief for a statewide newspaper and as managing editor of a regional newspaper in Arkansas. Additionally, Worthen has been a prolific freelance journalist for two decades, and has been published in several travel magazines and on travel websites.