A business that services semi trucks has become the victim of a huge heist. Thieves rolled away with big expensive tires.
Fact Finders Mike McKnight reports that from start to finish, this appears to be the work of professional crooks.
After cutting a gate chain then container latch, thieves really got on a roll at Steve Quinn’s Bauer Built tire supply. Steve says, "Our guess is they backed up here put a ramp down and started rolling tires in."
Two 48 foot containers left almost empty after about 90 new semi tires are stolen. That includes twenty double wides, priced at $1,000 each. Regular size about $500 each. All the tires Michelin and BF Goodrich.
service manager Doug Pesek says, " They took basically something they could get rid of easy, and left the stuff that is hard to sell."
Eight tires with mounted wheels also part of the haul. And there's a sign the thieves really know what they were doing. A few tires left behind are retreads and they can easily be traced with numbers on the side, New Tires don't have the stamp and are tougher to trace.
The thieves used two stolen rental trucks with power lifts to steal the tires. The rental trucks similar in size to this one are still missing along with an estimated $50,000 worth of tires.
Steve Quinn says," Considering the cost of these things new, if you got a bunch of them you can sell for cash they would go pretty quick."
The well planned tire heist included a hole cut in the back fence for a quick getaway if spotted. Steve says, "If somebody came in from hat way they had a way out."
Bauer Built Tire supply will be adding surveillance cameras and contact alarms on containers. Locks and chains aren't enough to prevent thieves from stealing rubber and hitting the road.
The thieves were so bold Wednesday morning, they hauled away all the tires from a business right across the street from the Omaha police impound lot. A detective is checking to see if the security cameras caught them in the act.