A $5,000 warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Georgia man accused of not returning his employer’s semi-tractor trailer.

Carteze Raines, of Georgia, was charged Thursday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with driving a commercial vehicle without consent. If convicted, Raines faces up to six years in prison and/or fines up to $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, VSM Express Inc., Raines’ employer, reported the semi-tractor trailer he was driving as stolen. The owner of the company told officers with the Caledonia Police Department that Raines had been driving a 2008 Volvo semi for him since May.

Raines girlfriend also worked for the company and they drove the semi together. During their first route, the truck broke down in Texas. But once it was fixed, they drove to Alabama instead of to California.

The woman called VSM and told the owner she was quitting and Raines had the semi. Raines then also quit for an unknown reason, the complaint reads.

Since June, the owner of the company has been trying to get Raines to return the semi. He then blocked his previous employer’s phone number.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.