Freight broker seeks to collect after beef stolen from truck

Sterling Truck Brokerage sued Adrian Ortega Ramirez, of Los Angeles, Monday in Deschutes County Circuit Court to recover about $42,000.

Posted: Jul 4, 2018 10:49 AM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A Redmond freight broker is suing an independent truck driver after thieves stole nearly $100,000 in boneless organic beef from his truck.

The Bend Bulletin reports that Sterling Truck Brokerage sued Adrian Ortega Ramirez, of Los Angeles, Monday in Deschutes County Circuit Court to recover about $42,000.

The lawsuit says Ramirez hauled a truckload of refrigerated beef to Los Angeles for a meat processor in 2012. It alleges Ramirez parked the loaded truck in front of his house and left it unattended. The truck was stolen that night but eventually recovered. The meat, however, was gone.

Sterling says it covered the loss and set up a repayment plan with Ramirez. It alleges he stopped making payments.

Ramirez did not return multiple calls to his cellphone Monday. Records show he had not yet been served with the lawsuit.

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