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Toledo Police watching for tire thieves

Toledo Police are working to put an end to a string of car tire and rim thefts that have been happening for months. They say dozens of owners wake up to find their cars on blocks and their tires missing.

Police say they've seen a spike in these thefts over the last six months. The most recent case occurred Monday morning, when Jim Lazzari woke up to find his car with a smashed window and minus four wheels.

"It's pretty unbelievable that the car is sitting here in the driveway or a residential neighborhood and you think, ‘This isn't going to happen around here,'" said Lazzari.

But Toledo Police say it's been happening throughout the city. They believe several people are using a stolen SUV to scope out cars and snatch the wheels.

"They'll come in the middle of the night or the very early morning hours, take all the lug nuts off the wheels, put the cars on blocks and come back to take the wheels," said Sgt. Michael McGee with the Toledo Police Department.

It's happening to cars parked just feet away from residences. Police are hoping the public can help put a stop to these thefts by being extra sets of eyes and ears. They're asking people to keep a close eye on their neighborhoods and call when they see anything suspicious – like a vehicle they don't recognize.

"These guys are good, but we're coming," McGee said. "We're going to get them."

Lazzari says he hopes the thieves are caught before anyone else is hit.

"It's totally frustrating," he said. "You don't need this at the holidays."

Anyone who sees or hears something suspicious should call 911 or Toledo Police.

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