GREENSBORO, NC - A recent theft of tires and rims makes Central Carolina Trucks the sixth Greensboro-based commercial carrier business to fall victim to this crimes.
On May 14th, employees from the Industrial Village Road location reported that 20 tractor trailer tires and rims were stolen from three new Volvo tractor trucks.
Employees believe the theft occurred the weekend of May 12. Investigation disclosed that the thieves gained entry to the business by cutting a section of the perimeter fence. The estimated loss from the larceny is approximately $16,000.
During the same weekend, Transource Truck and Trailer Centers at Triad Drive had several sections of its perimeter fence cut. Employees reported that the lug nuts on four tires had been tampered with, but no items were reported stolen.
Similar thefts occurred throughout the city earlier in the year.
On Feb. 28, employees with Triad Freightliner at Burnt Poplar Road reported that someone forced entry into the business lot and absconded with nearly two dozen tires and rims from multiple commercial carriers.
On March 19th, representatives from Whites International at Albert Pick Road reported a similar forced entry. In this instance, the suspects took more than 40 wheels from several tractor trailers.
Transource reported the theft of 48 wheels and tires on March 24th.
Twenty-three tires with rims were reported stolen from Piedmont Truck Tires at South Regional Road on April 26.
And, on May 1, Cooper Kentworth at Burnt Poplar Road reported a theft of 42 wheels and tires.
Due to the similar modus operandi in these larcenies, detectives believe they may have been committed by the same person or persons.
Greensboro police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for these crimes.
No suspect descriptions are available.
Greensboro police are encouraging manufacturers of heavy duty trucks, ground transportation companies, and long-haul trucking businesses to take additional security measures to reduce their chances of being burglarized, and to be on the lookout for suspicious persons or activity in and around their property.
Business owners should also contact police if persons unknown to them attempt to sell them tires or rims.
Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 373-1000.
Greensboro Police Department