Brazen thieves are targeting car dealerships and are stealing tires right off the vehicles.
Two family owned businesses have been hit, and police are trying to see if they are connected.
Three vehicles were left on the ground Sunday morning at a Ford dealership in Glastonbury, and two days later, thieves made off with expensive tires and wheels at another Ford dealer in Columbia.
The resident state trooper’s office is investigating the theft of four premium cast aluminum 20-inch wheels with Michelin tires, and a set of four chrome clad 18-inch wheels with Michelin’s from F-350 super duty pickups. The value to replace the wheels and tires is $7,500 per truck.
General Manager Denny Gates said the crime happened on Tuesday night during a rain storm.
"Anybody that finds them on the market, we want to know. If you see them out there for sale, be leery of brand new tires and wheels on Fords,” Gates said.
Early Sunday morning, at Monaco Ford in Glastonbury, police were called to the dealership after they found two Ford Fiestas and a Ford Explorer missing their tires and wheels, and the vehicles had been placed on rocks.
Glastonbury police said that property was valued at more than $15,500.
“You know, we try not to waste too much of our time thinking about that. It’s a very unfortunate event. It happens. That’s life, but I don't know who'd do it,” said Chrissy Monaco, of Monaco Ford.
Police are trying to determine if the crimes are connected, and said people should keep their eyes open and if they see something, say something.
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