Woman Holds Trucker at Gunpoint in Thwarted Attempted Robbery, Police Say
Berks County, PA – A woman is facing charges after police say she held a trucker at gunpoint along Interstate 78 while attempting to steal chains that had fallen from the truck driver’s tractor-trailer.
The dangerous incident occurred on July 9 along the westbound shoulder of I-78.
According to a criminal complaint, a trucker was operating through a construction zone in the right lane at approximately 3 p.m. when he says his chain rack broke causing his chains and binders to fall from his rig and onto the roadway.
The driver pulled the big rig to the top of the entrance ramp from Route 143 which is about a quarter-mile from where the equipment had fallen.
He exited his truck and ran to the chains.
Investigators say he was able to pull the chains from the roadway without incident.
He then hooked them together and drug them near the shoulder of the ramp before placing them in a pile.
He returned to his big rig and slowly backed it along the shoulder to where the chains were.
Upon arriving back, he discovered 57-year-old Renee Dieter, of Albany Township, loading the chains into the bed of her pickup truck.
According to police, the trucker stepped out of his truck and walked up to Dieter and said, “Excuse me, ma’am, those chains are mine.”
Dieter then allegedly pulled a black semi-automatic pistol from a holder on her right hip and pointed it at him from a distance of no more than 3 feet away.
She reportedly said, “They are my … chains now.”
The trucker says he noticed Dieter’s finger on the trigger of the weapon and quickly raised both hands in the air.
However, the crafty truck driver was not going to give up that easily.
Investigators say the man told Dieter that his big rig was equipped with on-board cameras which were capturing the entire incident.
The trucker then reports Dieter simply said, “Oh.”
Police say Dieter then holstered the gun, returned to her truck, and sped away leaving the chains behind.
As Dieter fled the scene, the trucker was able to observe her license plate number.
He then loaded the chains and called 9-1-1.
He provided a description of Dieter along with her license plate number.
It’s unclear how authorities contacted Dieter, but she later agreed to be interviewed.
According to investigators, Dieter admitted to attempting to load the chains, but denied she was attempting to steal them.
Further, she asserts the gun the truck driver claims he saw was actually her cellphone.
Subsequently, police charged Dieter this week with attempted robbery, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and carrying a firearm in a vehicle without a license.