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May 7, 2014

Police probe wheel thefts in north Warren

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — Warren police and officers assigned to the Macomb Auto Theft Squad are investigating a recent rash of wheel and tire thefts from vehicles parked in the northern part of the city.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said one recent report listed wheels and tires valued at $2,500 stolen from three vehicles parked in a lot near Mound and 13 Mile Road. A security guard, working for a nearby business, noticed the theft and called police at 6:45 p.m. April 27.

The vehicles — two tan Chevy Impalas and a white Chevy Malibu — were reportedly the property of Hamilton Chevrolet. They were found resting on blocks with all four wheels and tires missing.

“This is like the third or fourth incident we’ve had like that, with them stealing tires off of new cars,” Mills said. “They’re primarily targeting the northwest corner of the city, 13 Mile to 14 Mile.”

Mills said previous reports involved the theft of tires and rims from several new Ford products parked at residential homes.

Warren resident Lisa Lafever said the wheels and tires of her 2014 Ford Explorer were stolen sometime between 8 p.m. April 16 and 7:20 a.m. April 17. Even more disturbing, she said, was that the thieves disabled her motion detector and dismantled her outdoor lighting before they left her SUV on brick pavers taken from her garden and a neighbor’s yard.

“That was the creepiest part,” Lafever said. “Come take my stuff, but don’t be getting so close to my house. They actually came in my yard.”

Warren police reported at three other incidents involving wheels and tires from Ford vehicles.

Anyone with information about the thefts can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.