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Memphis Man Sentenced for Possession of Goods Stolen from Semi-Trailer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN - A federal judge recently sentenced a Memphis man to 46 months in federal prison for possessing goods that had been stolen from a semi-trailer traveling from Ontario, Canada, which was parked in Memphis overnight.  United States Attorney Kevin Ritz announced the sentence today. 

According to information presented in court, on May 5, 2022, after 3:00 A.M., Memphis Police officers were flagged down by a truck driver and his wife who reported that their parked semi-trailer had been burglarized.  The victims told officers that they felt movement in the back of the trailer, and while they were investigating, a shot was fired.  The victims reported that at least six DuroMax Dual Fuel generators had been stolen out of the trailer.  Investigators tracked the generators to the residence of Andre Treadwell, 32, where they discovered five of the stolen DuroMax generators, a pair of bolt cutters, a Palmetto State Armory AR-15 rifle, various live rounds of ammunition, and several bottles of Jimador Tequila that were reported stolen from an earlier shipment. 

On January 30, 2024, Treadwell pled guilty to possession of the stolen generators as well as possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.  On May 3, 2024, United States District Thomas L. Parker sentenced Treadwell to 46 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

The case was investigated by the Memphis Cargo Theft Task Force, a multi-agency task force formed in 2008 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to focus on cargo and major theft in Shelby County.  The Memphis Police Department provided additional assistance in this case. 

United States Attorney Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Eileen Kuo, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement partners who investigated the case. 

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For more information, please contact Tjuana Holmes at (901) 544-4231 or  Follow the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Facebook or on Twitter at @WDTNNews for office news and updates. 

Updated May 8, 2024