It's still happening -- wheels stolen in the middle of the night..
Fact Finder Mike McKnight reported the first warning about this growing crime in the metro. One truck owner decided to put on a special alarm to guard against thieves and it worked.
Like pulling a table cloth and leaving the dishes, wheel thieves didn't set off Bryant McCain's car alarm. "No doors or anything were broken or tampered with so it's not going to set it off."
But when thieves tried to steal Ken Flora's wheels -- an alarm scared them off. "So if you jack it up for the shock sensor -- if window gets broke or something -- it'll set the alarm off.”
After our first Fact Finders report, Flora says he installed a tilt sensor alarm with a remote control.
If the horn doesn't wake the neighborhood, the remote will alert the vehicle owner. "My wife looked out the window and they took off."
Sales of the tilt alarm are rising.
"If you're parked on a hill or a slant, it will self adjust and level itself out," said Dan Mayer, an auto sound installer. "And then anytime the vehicle is moved within one degree the alarm will go off."
The tilt alarm sells for about $450. Locking lug nuts go for less - $29 dollars a set.
Most recently, the thieves are hitting the Blackhawk subdivision in southeast Sarpy County. There are four reported cases in that area.