Used Cars Norman Ok – Norman police invested a large theft at a local car dealer after the thief stole around 160 wheels and tires. Police were summoned to Landers Chevrolet, 1221 Ed Noble Parkway, around 8 am on Monday after employees arrived and realized that the wheels and tires were missing from 40 vehicles. Wheels are taken some time during the weekend.
“We have not had a problem with this in the past three to four years, and we have never had this scale operation and never had the size of the vehicle impacted,” said Public Safety Information Officer Sarah Jensen. “We believe the same people also hit dealers in Tyler, Texas, and the Houston area.”
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According to police reports, most of the affected vehicles are at the lower end of the parking lot at a lower level and a stack of unused beams is left nearby. Vehicles are found sitting on wooden blocks. Initial investigations revealed that a group of unknown suspects were likely to enter the dealer by cutting the key at the gate.
Inventor Manager Landers Gary Gage told investigators that thieves appeared to climb the lampposts on that part and turn off the lights.
Police investigators believe many suspects and one large truck or trailer were asked to commit theft.
Jensen said the group was targeting Chevrolet Trucks, Chevrolet Suburbans and Chevrolet Cameros. There is no description of the suspect currently available.
Stealing wheels and tires is not an unusual crime for car dealers, according to several media reports.
In June, 16 wheels were taken from Metro Honda in Monroe, North Carolina. In 2016, Peltier Chevrolet in Tyler, Texas had wheels and tires stolen from 48 cars in the parking lot. Over the past 14 months, a group of four to six men have hit apartments and settlements in southeastern Houston, stealing tires and tires in minutes.
The same theft ring that hit Tyler, a Texas dealer might also attack Norman.
“They use the same type of block and they also cut the cable into the lighting system and they operate in the same timeframe, overnight when the dealer is closed,” Jensen said. “It seems that this ring is targeting Chevrolet and GMC products and vehicles. The magnitude tells us there are some people operating in coordinated efforts. ”
While the National Insurance Crime Bureau does not track wheel and tire theft, it tracks nationally reported car theft. In 2016, the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was No. 17 in the country for vehicle theft rates with 5,126 thefts equivalent to the level of 582.03.
Norman is a part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistics Region which ranks No. 59 of 382 MSAs for vehicle theft rates with 4,850 thefts in 2016 equivalent to the level of 362.82.
Director of the NICB Public Affairs Frank Scafidi is a former FBI agent who has served the OKC metro, including Cleveland County.
“It was my first assignment to leave the academy,” he said.
As an FBI agent here from 1984 to 1990, he remembered that chop shops and stolen car parts were common. When he investigated one in Cleveland County, the predecessor agency of the NICB, the National Automatic Theft Bureau, sent agents to help investigate.
While the agency doesn’t track part theft, the Scafidi says Norman’s crime is “the big one.” He wasn’t surprised the thieves chased the wheels and tires.
“Tires and rims are universally adaptable, so there is always a market from them, and there is always a market from illegal sources,” Scafidi said.
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