Police in Council Bluffs report a truck driver was allegedly kidnapped and robbed Sunday.
James Welch told authorities he was in his semi tractor (no trailer attached) on the lot of Sapp Brothers Truck Stop, when two black males brandishing guns entered the tractor. Welch said he was bound and put in the sleeper portion of the cab, while the two men drove around for several hours making occasional stops and picking-up a trailer.
The tractor and Welch were then left in a parking lot near 13th Street and Locust in Carter Lake, where he was able to free himself and contact Carter Lake Police. Welch reported several items were stolen from him, including an A-T-M card. The suspects allegedly forced Welch to give-up his PIN number. Records indicate the card was used at a local gas station in Council Bluffs. Security footage shows a black male at the ATM machine at the time the card was used.
The unidentified man left the area in a white mini-van with plates unknown. Authorities say because they are continuing to investigate the incident, no other information is being released.
If you have information that might prove helpful, you’re asked to contact the Bluffs’ P-D’s Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4728.