NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Robert Wilson wants to sell General Motor vehicles, but he'll have a difficult time finding a buyer for two Escalades, two Yukons and two Sierra pickups as long as they're setting on blocks. The vehicles' tires and rims are believed to have been stolen sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
"That is your brake caliber system and they just set it on a block," said Wilson as he pointed to a ripped off Escalade. "They jack the thing up, however quick. Hit 'em with a power tool and they're gone. They're gone like that."
Dealers describe them as 'pit type' thieves. Race strategy is to use a system and follow it closely.
"They were doing, kinda at a duo. Two at a time, in pairs, so they could hit, bam, bam and then move to the next set that are right there next to each other" said Wilson.
Each model of vehicle set in different parts of the lot. Some were passed over.
"These are in the grass and obviously it was unsafe for them to do it in the grass," said Wilson as he passed untouched vehicles.
Lug nuts were left behind here. It's speculated something interrupted the process. Even so, the haul was significant.
"We're looking at total of about $30,000 here on this lot, on just six units," shared Wilson.
Crime prevention is also expensive. "You can put wheel locks on them from the factory, but they can break those off. Really, the only way that we see that we're going to be able to fix this is have some type of security out here. Someone in person to deter them from being on the lot," said Wilson.
New parts are on order. Unfortunately, there's no easy fix for Wilson. Each morning he comes to work, he'll always wonder if he'll find something missing.
The tire and rim thefts are still under investigation by the Nacogdoches Police Department. A similar, but much larger burglary occurred last month in Tyler. It's being investigated as part of a statewide theft ring. Investigators say they won't know if the Nacogdoches burglary is connected until the case is solved.
Anyone with any information about the suspect or suspects involved in the crime is urged to call the Nacogdoches Police Department at (936) 559-2607.