Peltier Chevrolet was hit hard this week. Thieves stole wheels from 48 vehicles at the Chevy dealership in Tyler, Texas. In the early morning hours on Sunday August 21st, thieves broke in and stole $250,000 worth of new wheels and tires off 48 vehicles.
According to the Tyler Police Department, the thieves arrived in a large box truck and cut the locks on the dealership gates at around 1:22 a.m. Sunday morning. They then disabled the lot’s lighting system which left the lot’s video surveillance system useless in the dark.
Tyler Police estimate the theft took around four hours, leaving Camaros, Traverse crossovers and Silverado pickups on blocks and some sitting on the ground. The thieves obviously didn’t care for the lug nuts as those were left scattered on the ground.
This trend in theft has left many dealerships concerned for their inventory. Dealerships across the state have been hit hard by thieves stealing wheels from their lots.
John Roley Autocenter in Littlefield, Lamesa Chevy in Lamesa, Kelly Grimsley Cadillac in Odessa and Gene Messer Chevy in Lubbock, Texas have all had wheels stolen from their dealerships. Replacing those wheels and tires isn’t easy and most are adding wheel locks to help prevent further theft.