Multiple wheel thefts reported

By: Nico Rubello | C&G Newspapers | Published May 16, 2013


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The morning of May 6, Chris and Janet John woke up to find that the tires and rims had been stolen off Chris’ company car.

The 2000 Cadillac XTS sat in their driveway on Tall Oaks Drive, propped up on cement blocks from their neighbor’s patio.

“I was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go again,’” Janet John said. “There have been rashes of looting of cars in the area. I feel like they stepped up their game.”

Within a few hours, the Johns learned that they weren’t alone. Over on nearby Forestview Drive, another resident reported that all four wheels had been stolen off his car that same night.

Clinton Township Police Lt. David Dunn said law enforcement authorities are investigating the recent string of wheel thefts, which had occurred since April 17 at residences around the township.

The thieves reportedly are stealing both the tire and rim, and leaving the car on landscaping bricks, cement blocks or beams of woods.

Similar thefts also have been reported at residences on Woodview Drive, Paul Revere Lane, Festian Drive, Monticello Drive, Vecchio Drive, Tara Drive, Pocahontas Drive, Justin Drive and Suffolk Street, as well as a business on Hall Road.

Dunn said he suspected the thefts might be linked to a single ring of thieves.

In St. Clair Shores, police Lt. David Centala said a similar rash of wheel thefts was reported in the north end of the city. The thefts were occurring in the city during the overnight hours in the late part of April and early May.

Centala said it was mostly high-end vehicles that were being stripped of tires and rims.

“Nobody’s seen anything. No witnesses have come forward,” he said.

Car brands have varied, and the thefts all seem to be occurring at night, when the residents are asleep.

“I’m usually a light sleeper, but these guys were quiet,” Janet John added.

Still, Dunn encouraged residents to be on the alert for suspicious activity, since this is the best way to catch the thieves.   

Anyone who sees something suspicious occurring should call 911 immediately.