LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –The Lawton Police Department has seen an increase in tire/wheel thefts at Lawton dealerships and a reward is being offered for your help.
Over the last six months, the Lawton Police Department has been investigating several wheel/tire thefts. Police say the suspect(s) go to the car lots after hours, prop the vehicles up and take all four tires before leaving the vehicle on blocks. They say the average value of the stolen wheels is around $3,500 per set.
Lawton Police Department Detective Nancy Lombardo says tire thefts is a growing problem in Lawton, across the state of Oklahoma and neighboring states.
"The sheer number of reports from around the country suggest a rising trend in the nation. Tires and wheels are quick to remove, easy to haul and offer a high profit to a thief who resells them," explained Det. Lombardo.
Along with extra patrols around the car lots, detectives are going through surveillance video and following up leads. They're asking everyone to be vigilant and to report any unusual or suspicious activity you see in and around car lots after normal business hours.
If you have any information that may help solve these crimes, call Crime Stoppers at 580-355-INFO (4636). As always, you can remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest and charges being filled, you can be paid a reward up to $5,000.