TRUCK WHEELS THEFT
This type of theft on trucks
has been an issue for the HNP in the past. The vandals place
bricks (sometimes from neighbors yards) under the truck and deflate the
tires to suspend the vehicle. Then they remove the lugs from the
wheels, take the wheels, and leave the truck suspended on the bricks.
The vandals have no problem doing trucks that are in the driveway, not
just the curb.
There have been crime rings
focused on just truck wheels. Fortunately, the police have clamped
down on this recently, and we have seen a big drop off in these type of
We will be listing these
specific crimes below as they have occurred within our vicinity.
From Lisa Roner (Welch Place):
Just wanted to let you know that someone tried to steal
the wheels (not even specialty, just factory-installed)
off my daughter's new Dodge Ram truck last night (she
got it over Easter weekend, so it's a fairly new
development that there's a car in our driveway at night,
since our other two have always gone in the garage at
night). It happened about 11:45 last night
(Saturday). I was up late stripping wallpaper (ugh!)
and a lot of lights were still on in the house. And as
you know we have pretty extensive landscape lighting and
a street light right by us.
The good news is that our Great Dane went off in a very
big way (she definitely earned her dog biscuits for the
month!) and scared them off. By the time she barked and
I got outside with my baseball bat ,they were gone. But
they left behind a skate board ramp (which I'm sure they
probably stole) that they were using to keep the truck
from rolling down our hilly driveway.
No real damage done, but it lets us know there's this
kind of activity ongoing in the neighborhood. Mansfield
PD was very responsive and said they'd definitely step
up patrols around our area.
September 19, 2009
A Silverado had its wheels/tires stolen at 2414 Elliott
during very early hours on Saturday, resulting in a $2,000
loss. This is the third such crime this year for the HNP.
We had four trucks lose their wheels/tires during 2008. We
have never received a lead on any of these crimes. Again,
if anyone noticed a vehicle moving about around mid-night or
the very early morning hours on Saturday --- please send in
Sent on 7-10-09: I wanted to
remind you that we continue to experience tire/wheel thefts
throughout the city. The primary target appears to be factory &
aftermarket 20 inch or larger wheels. These offenses are not
unique to Mansfield, many other cities are experiencing similar
Sent on 6-23-09:
This is an alert regarding a recent (past Week) increase in
wheel and tire thefts. The suspects are targeting 20 “ or
larger factory & after market wheels. It does not matter if
your wheels have locks as there are only a few different
type of wheel locks out there and they are very easy to
obtain. The thefts are occurring late at night to early
morning. We do not have any suspect info at this time.
Community Resource Officer
Elliott resident shared that on May 7th
her son noticed at 7:30 am that a truck on Nichols Trail was
on cinder blocks with all four of its wheels stolen. No police
report was filed on this theft for some reason.
Had a set of truck wheels stolen from a
resident at 2202 Richmond Circle sometime around midnight of Feb 2nd
(Mon) or early morning hours of Feb 3rd (Tues). The description of
the loss is as follows; Four aluminum factory rims, four factory
tires and a tire pressure sensor were stolen from a 2007 Chevrolet
Tahoe, totaling $3,520 in loss.
September 10, 2008
I just got a call from my neighbor who said that a car on
Hillary and Edgefield area had their truck on blocks and missing
wheels. It sounded like a similar story and I just wanted to
relay the message to you. Talk to you later, Melanie (Harris
We talked to a homeowner on edgefield this morning and they
bought a new chevy pickup yesterday and last night they
wheels and tires were taken. He knows it was before 3am
because that is when he gets up to leave for work. mc
August 19, 2008
Just thought I'd let you know that we have become the latest
victim. Last night someone put Chris' work truck on bricks
and took all 4 tires & wheels. The took paverstones from our
neighbor across the street and 2 doors down! They were
planning on taking the ones off Chris' personal truck too as
they had bricks thrown on the ground beside it but it has
double locks on it and they couldn't get them off.
mc (2300 block of Richmond Circle)
June 6, 2008
Yeah ---- we had a few trucks get hit
last summer. They put bricks under the truck, let the air out of
the tires to suspend the wheels, and then undo the lugs.
This also happened to one of our
neighbors a few months ago. He lives at the
corner of Charleston & Savannah
(Charleston address). The thieves put his truck
carefully on bricks also and took his
tires. I have noticed a bit of an increase in
MPD patrol recently, at least on
This morning between 4:00 and 5:30 the wheels were stolen off of
a truck in the drive way at 13 Dobree Court. My grand daughter
said she spoke with the police and there had been several more
taken in this area also last night. They took the bricks from
the neighbors next door to set the truck on when they removed
Joan (Dobree Court Block Captain)
Hey Greg last evening, sometime between 2am and 6am, our
neighbor had four tires stolen right off his truck in his
driveway. It was at 2403 Hillary... The police came out, not
much interest to be honest, and said it was probably a group out
of Ft Worth. A Dallas police officer lives right next door and
he said that he came off his shift at 2am and did not see
IT was a very clean job, they put the wheels evenly on
landscaping bricks. The owners obviously were a little
surprised for out here, especially since it was about 20 ft from
their new baby's nursery.
September 11, 2007
We continue to have problems with vehicle tire/rims theft. On September
11th, a police report was filed for a residence on the 2200 Block of Ragland
Road for the theft of four tires and rims from a 2007 Cadillac Escalade,
totaling $7,800 in loss. That's four such thefts over the past four months for
the HNP vicinity, that we know of.
August 14, 2007
Fellow HNP Block Captains (some others blind copied);
Barbie Bruce, our Perry Drive Block Captain at 2005 Perry Drive, reported that
all the custom rims and tires were stolen off their 2004 Nissan Titan truck,
sometime between midnight and early this morning. The truck was parked in the
From Barbie ---- "After talking to the police, it seems as though there are a
lot of tires and rims stolen from our neighborhood. My husband mentioned that
whoever stole them had the right tools to remove the lug nuts. They even borrowed
our neighbors landscaping bricks to hold the truck up (how sweet of them). My
guess is that they scout the area out well before they do this. This was not a
job done by just one or two punks, but several that know what they're doing."
August 12-14, 2007
Perry Drive, 2000 block: Four Pirrelli Scorpion tires and four MB
Bruiser rims were stolen from a 2004 Nissian Titan, totaling $1,680 in
Morgan Ann Avenue, 2600 block: An XM satellite radio was stolen,
totaling $150 in loss.
Morgan Ann Avenue, 2500 block: An Eddie Bauer backpack, a Garmin GPS, an
Apple iPod, a Kodak camera, two coins, a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, a
Bluetooth ear piece and a Nokia cell phone were stolen from a 2004
Hyundia Sonata, totaling $1,955 in loss.