What would you do with 140 20- and 22-inch chrome wheels? That’s what police in the Dallas suburb of Rockwall, Texas, are wondering this week. Theives made off with 140 wheels and tires after plying them from 35 GMC Sierras and Yukons sitting on the dealer lot at Heritage Buick GMC, located 100 yards off I-30.
Robert Bobo, owner of Heritage, said he learned of the theft the following morning, once police contacted him to report the crime.
“When I pulled up to see how bad it really was, it was very shocking,” Bobo told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Bobo arrived at his dealership to find 35 trucks and SUVs sitting wheel-less on small wooden blocks, with nothing but loose lug nuts hinting at what was missing. Bobo said that his estimated losses are around $150,000.
The Rockwall P.D. believe four to six very experienced criminals were involved in Saturday night’s heist. For starters, the area of the lot chosen lacked camera coverage, and three light posts in the immediate area were apparently disabled. Electricians claim whomever cut the cables did so with proper tools and knowledge; had they not known what they were doing, there would have been a significant risk of electrocution.
Rumor has it the wheeljackers wasted no time with tire irons, but instead used cordless electric drills. Heritage employees estimate it took thieves only 2-10 minutes to jack up each side of a truck, take off the wheels (worth (worth between $1895 and $3855 a set, respectively), and then lower and place the full size trucks on the blocks. That won’t earn anyone a full-time gig on a NASCAR pit crew, but it’s still an impressive feat.
Even with his dealership staring down nearly $150,000 in losses, Bobo is thankful that the thieves took their time in removing the wheels. Had a vehicle tipped, Bobo would be staring down a much steeper damage bill.
“I’m very thankful — actually grateful –that they took their time to remove them and not to damage anything else,” Bobo said.
So far, the police have no leads on the crime.
Source: NBC Dallas-Fort Worth