Earl Stanley Nunn, owner of Memphis-based Nu World Trucking LLC, has pled guilty in federal court to theft by way of “bobtailing,” per an InsuranceJournal.com post.

Nunn had been accused of heading a theft ring that prowled truckstops and service stations on or near Interstates with a bobtailed NuWorld tractor.

Once an unattended trailer was located, the thieves would simply hook up to it haul it away along with the goods it contained for “fencing” in Chicago or Detroit.

The ring allegedly committed such thefts in no fewer than 14 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich, was investigated by the FBI’s Memphis Cargo Theft Task Force, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the West Plains, MO, Police Department and the Michigan State Highway Patrol.