Thieves targeting custom wheels, rims in Pearland

May 9, 2013 4:45:39 PM PDT
Pearland police are warning residents to protect their property from thieves targeting custom wheels and rims. They believe the same thieves hit five cars in just one day.

The chrome rims are upgrades on most vehicles now they're the target of thieves in Pearland.

It will make your heart sink, seeing this your vehicle on blocks in your driveway. It happened to five different people, all on the same day, in Pearland.

"Came out one morning, headed on a business trip one morning and walked out to find my car sitting on blocks," said one resident.

The thieves left his 2012 Chevy Silverado sitting on the landscaping brick from his yard. Seven houses down, his neighbors rims were also ripped off.

Surveillance cameras revealed men in hoodies rolling the Escalade's rims off. Blanca Hamby lives next door with the same SUV.

"Those rocks around the tree. Yea, they used some of those rocks to put under the tire," Hamby said.

She now parks her Escalade in the garage.

"I don't want to leave it outside. We left it outside a few times, a few evenings, but no, I don't want to leave it outside anymore," she said.

The rim thieves hit five different vehicles in one day. Four were essentially in the same neighborhood, the other about 11 miles away at West Pearland apartment complex. Each time alloy chrome rims were the target.

"Don't know if they are related or not. It's really to early to say, but it is unusual," said Pearland Police Lt. Onesimo Lopez.

The total damage to the five vehicles was more than $11,000. Now this Pearland resident is still using his rental until his Chevy truck is repaired.

"I hope they are caught. I hope the eight different agencies work with each other to catch these guys and I would like to see justice done," he told us.

Police are urging residents to invest in wheel locks and call in anything suspicious.

This story was brought to you through our Houston Community Newspaper partners. You can read more in The Pearland Journal.
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