Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC
Midlands Crimestoppers
Contact Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers FAQ
Donate to Crime Stoppers
Submit a Tip to Crimestoppers (New Window)
View & Search the Online Crime Map
Home  |  News  |  Thieves target car dealerships for big scores

Thieves target car dealerships for big scores
Friday, November 16, 2012

wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

ICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Thieves stole 20-inch chrome wheels from Love Chevrolet late Wednesday night. They took four sets of wheels costing about $20,000.

"When we came in this morning we found five new vehicles on the ground," said John Wise with Love Automotive. "When I say 'On the ground,' I mean the tires and wheels were all removed and the cars were left on the ground."

Thieves hit Love Automotive near Harbison sometime between when employees left for the night and when they returned in the morning. Several sets of expensive tires and wheels were missing.

"These guys seem to be professional," said Wise. "They know what they're doing. They're in and out in no time."

Two Suburbans, an Avalanche, and a Corvette was the only one supported by a concrete block.

"We're not just talking about wheels," said Wise. "We're talking about the big chrome wheels that are very popular right now. They bring in a lot of money. On one car for instance, you're looking at tires and wheels at least $4,000."

"At about the same time the Chevy dealership was hit, the suspects went across the street to the GMC dealership and took the wheels off a Denali."

"These cars could be shipped off somewhere and the serial numbers, the VIN changed, re-sold, re-titled, but in most cases probably these cars I'd say would go to a chop shop," said Wise.

The dealerships are not expecting to get the parts back but they are trying to prevent the thefts from happening again.

"We all know this is the time of year when we really have to be extremely careful and we've had our share of it this year," said Wise.

Wednesday night a dealership in Lexington was also hit. And last week, a Camaro was reported stolen from Love Chevrolet.

Lexington and Columbia Police are reviewing surveillance video to see if the thefts are related and to get any leads on the suspects.

If you have any information that may help police, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/20113669/thieves-target-car-dealerships-for-big-scores

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Notice about comments:

Comments left on this site are NOT ANONYMOUS.

Crimestoppers does not take information on crimes here or via standard email because we cannot guarantee your anonymity. Any information sent to us through comments will NOT be acted upon and will be removed. Please call 1-888-CRIME-SC, or use our online tip form to give information anonymously to Crimestoppers.

More from Midlands Crimestoppers

DO NOT attempt to approach, detain, follow or arrest any individual based on this web site's information. As information becomes dated it may become less accurate. Because some wanted persons are being sought for crimes of violence, or are known to be armed, all wanted persons should be considered dangerous. If you have information regarding the identity or whereabouts of any wanted person immediately contact Crime Stoppers or notify your local law enforcement agency.

Site Design & Maintenance:

© Copyright Midlands Crimestoppers. All Rights Reserved.