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Illinois driver ‘steals semi truck’ after being fired before getting caught 170 miles away

Illinois driver ‘steals semi truck’ after being fired before getting caught 170 miles away

Truck driver Angelic Eicke has been charged with theft for allegedly taking off in a company semi truck and driving it 170 miles away after getting fired from her job

A truck driver is facing felony theft charges after allegedly leaving a company terminal in a semi truck shortly after being terminated(Scott County Jail)

A truck driver is facing felony theft charges after allegedly stealing a company semi truck shortly after being fired.

Angelic Eicke, 43, was dismissed by West Side Transport while at their terminal in Glenwood, Illinois, near LeClaire on June 19, according to an arrest affidavit. But after being fired, she allegedly returned to her company truck, entered it, and departed the premises.



Shortly after 3.30pm Iowa State Patrol received a report of a stolen semi-truck entering Iowa via Interstate 80 near LeClaire. Eike was informed the truck, a 2021 Freightliner semi, had been reported stolen. Despite multiple attempts by the company to reach her, she allegedly ignored their communications.

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Eicke drove the truck 170 miles away from the terminal(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

After refusing to stop and return the truck, police eventually caught up to Eicke and she was stopped 170 miles away from where the truck was taken from, according to the arrest affidavit.

Eicke was arrested but later released on her own recognition. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 5 in Scott County Court. According to affidavits, the truck she allegedly styled was worth more than $10,000.

Meanwhile, in another bizarre theft case, a man was found guilty in April of stealing the identity of a hot dog cart vendor. Matthew David Keirans, 58, once a hospital executive, lived a full life under the identity of hot dog cart vendor William Woods, 55 after taking his name back in 1988.

For two decades, living under Woods’ identity, Keirans accumulated $200,000 in loans, married, and even became a parent, all while the real Woods languished in a mental hospital trying to reclaim his life. Keirans now faces a potential 32-year prison sentence following convictions for making false statements to a National Credit Union Administration-insured institution and aggravated identity theft.

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He admitted guilt to using a false birth certificate and faced multiple federal charges, including false statements to a National Credit Union Administration-insured institution and aggravated identity theft. After pleading guilty to one count of each charge, other charges against him were dropped.

The sentencing date remains pending while Keirans is held in custody by the US Marshals Service. He faces a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, with a potential maximum sentence of 32 years. Additionally, he could be fined up to $1.25 million and subjected to five years of supervised release after serving any prison time.