COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Thieves are stealing some very expensive wheels off some very fancy cars at GMC dealerships all over the St. Louis area.
It started about a month ago, but now, thanks to some good detective work, Collinsville police have clear pictures of one of the suspects.
'They are hitting in the early morning hours,’ said Collinsville Police Lt. Brett Boerm.
'The one in Collinsville was between 2:30 A.M. and 3:15 A.M,' he said.
The thieves stole eight sets of tires and rims off two GMC Yukon Denalis at Laura Buick GMC in Collinsville April 14.
'We got to work on Tuesday morning and we discovered that we two Yukon Denalis sitting on concrete blocks,' said General manager Jack Anderson.
Security cameras at the dealership caught the suspect`s late model Chevy or GMC SUV trolling through the lot. The pictures of the theft itself are very fuzzy, and the license plate on the vehicle is not visible.
But a Collinsville officer investigating the crime noticed video of that same vehicle parked at the Moto Mart next to Laura Buick GMC that same night just minutes before it was seen at the dealership.
The pictures from the Moto Mart clearly show the face of the suspect who came in to the gas station.
Over the past month, the same crime has happened at GMC dealerships in St. Louis County, Wentzville, Troy, Missouri, and in Wood River, Glen Carbon, and Columbia, Illinois.
'What is most valuable is the rim and tire combination as a whole,' Anderson said.
'I don`t know where they would resell them, the internet is a big place and these individual wheels and tires have part numbers but they don`t have serial numbers so they are very hard to track,' he said.
The value of the tire and rim combinations is $1,250 each.
The dealership has since added wheel locks to protect the rims from thieves.
Anyone with information about the suspect in the picture is asked to call Collinsville Police or Crimestoppers.