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Tires stolen from Greenville Chevrolet

Pictured above is one of five vehicles whose tires and rims were stripped and taken from the Greenville Motor Company lot between July 29 and Aug. 12.

Pictured above is one of five vehicles whose tires and rims were stripped and taken from the Greenville Motor Company lot between July 29 and Aug. 12.

A pair of recent thefts has left five vehicles—property of Greenville Chevrolet—without tires and rims, according to Greenville Police Department Captain Justin Lovvorn.

“What we know right now is that on the night of July 29, which was a Friday night, two vehicles were apparently jacked up on blocks and had the wheels and rims taken off of them on the lot at Greenville Chevrolet,” Lovvorn said.

“Then, on the night of Aug. 12, another Friday night, we had three more vehicles at the same location that had been done the same way, where they’d jacked them up and took the tires and rims and left the vehicles sitting on blocks.”

The Greenville Police Department has checked throughout the state to see if other agencies have had similar events, and they found that two others experienced similar thefts carried out in the same manner and also at locations situated near a main road.  The other two thefts were carried out in towns located in North Alabama.

“We’re looking at the possibility that it could be some group going throughout a large area doing this,” Lovvorn said. “But we haven’t ruled out the fact that it could be somebody local.  We’re still looking at that, but everything we see right now is leading toward a larger group that may be working a larger area.”

Lovvorn added that power tools were more than likely used to expedite the process.  With the aid of such tools, the suspects could have stripped three cars in a 15-minute span.

Greenville Motor Company suffered nearly $4,000 in losses due to the first theft, and $6,500 in the second.

Anyone with information pertaining to the two thefts is asked to contact an investigator at the Greenville Police Department at (334)-382-7461.

“It possibly could’ve happened around 10 p.m. when Cracker Barrel was still open, and at the time someone may have seen something, thinking it was an employee out there without giving it much thought,” Lovvorn said.  “But if anyone might have seen anything, please contact us and let us know; it could be something that we really need to know.”