Trucker hijacked, robbed of cigarette cargo in Pickering

A trucker was threatened with a gun and left bound in his rig by bandits who stole his load of cigarettes Wednesday in Pickering.

The 40-year-old truck driver wasn’t physically harmed but was left extremely distraught after the event, which began when he was hijacked at the intersection of Bayly Street and Squires Beach Road at about 9 a.m., Durham police said.

As the trucker waited for a red light on eastbound Bayly, a man with a handgun forced his way into the rig. A second suspect got into the truck and the driver’s hands and head were wrapped in duct tape, police said.

The man’s white Freightliner was then driven to the south end of Squires Beach Road where the cargo, hundreds of cases of cigarettes, was loaded onto another truck.

Two passersby eventually found the abandoned driver, kicking and struggling in the cab of his truck, just before 11 a.m. and called police.


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