Crime

Thieves Make Off With $120K Worth Of Wheels And Tires From Local Dealership

Somebody wanted those tires bad!

It looks like thieves were able to steal 124 wheels and tires from a Louisiana Chevrolet dealership in Slidell last weekend and it only took one night.  Local news reports say the estimated value of the stolen property is approximately $120,000. The photos (above) tell the story the best way possible, showing rows of vehicles suspended on wood blocks without wheels and tires.

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No, it wasn’t a team of thieves. Surveillance video captured two men doing all the work under cover of darkness. They yanked wheels from 31 cars that evening without getting caught. Local Police suspect a professional crime ring is behind the theft.

A Louisiana car dealership is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can help police find the crooks that stole the wheels and tires off 31 vehicles parked in its lot.

Matt Bowers Chevrolet in Slidell was hit early on Saturday morning when thieves took out one of its surveillance cameras and dimmed the lights on a section of the property.

According to Slidell police, two black men were caught on another camera cutting the locks on a gate and letting a U-Haul in just after 3 a.m. The same vehicle can be seen leaving around 40 minutes later.

Police suspect that unseen accomplices had been working on the grounds for hours removing 124 wheels and tires worth $120,000 from the cars and trucks, most of which were left propped up on blocks. Locals spotted the odd sight over the weekend and started sharing images on social media. [Fox32 Chicago]

Investigators feel the thieves were from out of the state, after discovering similar recent incidents in Texas and Oklahoma.

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