Six More Wheels Stolen, 22 Total Since May
West U. police responded to two calls around 7:30 a.m. July 3 reporting the theft of wheels from parked vehicles. This makes the total number of wheels stolen 22 since May.
The first call came in around 7:33 from the 3800 block of Marlowe. The victim’s car was on concrete blocks with all four wheels and tires stolen. The second call cam in at 7:49 a.m. from the 4100 block of Southwestern. The victim told police that two of the four wheels on his suburban were stolen.
A West U. resident in the 3600 block of Sunset woke up June 10 to find his car on cinder blocks and both drivers’ side wheels missing. The same day, a resident in the 3600 block of Tangley found that as thieves were attempting to take his wheels, his car fell off the jack, jamming the front left tire into the fender.
According to reports, a witness saw the crime in progress around 1:40 a.m. June 10, but didn’t call police because the suspects drove away.
Four West U. residents woke up May 8 to find their vehicles up on blocks, with all four rims and tires stolen. Police suspect the thieves may be a part of a group that included two 19-year-olds who were arrested at the end of April for car burglary.
While taking belongings out of a car can help deter theft, West U. Police Chief Ken Walker says the best way to avoid having tires stolen is to park in a garage or as close to the house as possible in a well-lit area.
Resident John Berger, a victim of one of the tire thefts, says the lighting didn’t help much in his situation.
“The city just installed a new streetlight in the front yard, five feet in front of my car,” Berger told council recently. “The only thing I think that did was help them take the wheels off faster.”