Thieves swipe truck, car wheels

Po­lice in the Far North­east are warn­ing area busi­nesses and mo­tor­ists about a re­cent rash of vehicle wheel thefts.

With­in the 8th dis­trict, 13 rent­al truck wheels were stolen in two in­cid­ents, while wheels were taken off of two parked cars in ap­par­ently un­re­lated thefts.

Crooks took three wheels from Penske rent­al trucks that were parked at 8330 State Road on June 6, said Sgt. Mike Colello. The crime happened between mid­night and 7:15 a.m. Four days later, po­lice re­ceived a re­port that 10 wheels had been stolen from an un­spe­cified num­ber of Ry­der rent­al trucks at 9751 Blue Grass Road. Those thefts oc­curred some­time between June 8 and 10.

Mean­while on June 8, someone stripped a wheel from an SUV on the 4600 block of Mil­let St. On June 9, a car suffered the same fate on the 8800 block of Lister Road.

Private vehicle own­ers can help pro­tect them­selves by us­ing rims with lock­ing devices on the lug nuts, Colello said. •• 

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