This past weekend, thieves broke into a car dealership in Texas and proceeded to steal the wheels and tires off 48 separate cars and trucks, leaving the vehicles on cinder blocks. The price tag for all those pilfered tires and rims? Roughly $250,000.
According to the Tyler Police Department, surveillance footage reveals the suspects entered through the fence at Peltier Chevrolet around 1 am on Sunday, August 21st, as reported by Dallas news station WFAA. The estimated total value of the stolen goods is roughly a quarter-million dollars. While exact details were not available, a bit of elementary school math leads the folks at The Drive to infer that the crooks made off with 192 wheels and an equal number of tires.
The Tyler-area theft is hardly the first time a group of nocturnal Texas-area crooks have made off with a bounty of wheels and tires. This happens a lot more than you might think. A Google search for “Texas wheel theft” reveals reports of similar mass thefts from dealerships dating back to 2011.
As a result of the rapid nature of the crimes and the string of related incidents, investigators reportedly believe it may be the work of professional thieves.
“By all the methods that they used, it usually indicates they’re in a professional ring,” Tyler P.D. Officer Don Martin said, according to WPXI. “They’ll kind of hit dealerships randomly. They just came through Tyler and hit us.”
If true, such a success streak suggests the Texas thieves are a bit better at their jobs then the Ohio man we told you about here recently, who was allegedly trying to steal the wheels off a GMC Yukon in a dealer lot last month when it apparently slipped off the jack and crushed him to death.