Earlier this month, employees at one Louisiana Chevrolet dealership arrived at work to discover dozens of vehicles missing their wheels and tires.
Security footage shows two men sneaking onto the property of Matt Bowers Chevrolet in Slidell, Louisiana, and proceeding to defeat locks, alarms, and surveillance video. According to police, the men even went as far as to tamper with the dealership’s exterior lighting, allowing them to work under the cover of darkness.
The thieves stole 124 wheels and tires, targeting a variety of Chevrolet vehicles including the Tahoe and Malibu, leaving the vehicles without wheels and tires on wooden blocks. Once they removed the wheels, the thieves loaded them into a U-Haul and drove away. Police suspect these were professionals who took approximately $120,000 worth of wheels and tires.
This isn’t the first time a Chevrolet dealership has been the target of thieves. In 2016, a Texas dealership discovered 40 Cadillac Escalades without wheels and tires. In 2015, 48 sets of wheels and tires were stolen from the Peltier Chevrolet Dealership in Tyler, Texas.
Police are investigating the theft, and are exploring if the Slidell, Louisiana dealership theft is related to another robbery in February at the Cutshaw Chevrolet dealership in Grapeland, Texas. There, thieves took off with wheels and tires from 16 Chevrolet vehicles. Those thieves also placed the vehicles on wooden blocks and drove off in a U-Haul truck.
Matt Bowers, the Slidell, Louisiana dealership owner, is offering a $25,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects.
Wheel thieves have been targeting dealerships for some time now, often hitting at night while getting away with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise, and it looks like they aren’t slowing down. Here’s to hoping someone will catch them sooner, rather than later.