Thief caught on video taking wheels from auto dealership

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TROY, MO (KTVI) - The search was on Wednesday night for a thief who broke into a car dealership in Lincoln County and left with thousands of dollars in stolen property.  He thought he was getting off Scott free but his brazen crime was captured on a surveillance camera.

Owners of The Behlmann Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership showed up for work this morning and found a very unpleasant sight.  Two of their vehicles were on cinder blocks and some very expensive tires missing.

The thief thought he had pulled off the perfect crime, making off with $7,800 worth of tires and wheels.  But take a look at this:  his entire crime videotaped by the dealership's surveillance camera.

After the subject pulls behind the building he begins loosening the lug nuts on a 2016 Chrysler 200C and a Chrysler 300S.  Once the lug nuts are off he places cinder blocks next to both vehicles, jacks up the cars and places the blocks under the vehicles so he can remove the tires and wheels.  He then places the eight tires in his car and drives away.

Police believe it's a charcoal grey Dodger, model year 2006-2010.

If you recognize the person in the video contact the Troy, Missouri Police Department.  Officers there say that this is a crime that dealerships throughout the viewing area should be aware of.

"At this particular dealership it's only been here two months.   We have had it happen at a couple different dealerships  I know reading some intel bulletin boards it's happening very frequently in the metro area where people are breaking into  dealerships or car repair places and stealing the tires and wheels from cars on the lots," says  Tony Stewart the Public Information officer for the  Troy Police Department.

Stewart says if caught the thief will face a charge of tampering which is a felony.

Again, if you recognize the suspect call the police department's anonymous tip line:  636-528-6077