This is why we can’t have nice things.
At around 1:30 A.M. on Sunday, a band of hoodlums in a box truck arrived at Peltier Chevrolet in Tyler, Texas, shut off the security lights, cut the chain on a fenced off area and spend the next four hours swiping the wheels and tires off of 48 brand new cars.
In total, the damage in wheels and tires alone added up to $250,000, General Manager David Bates told Automotive News.
“They cut the locks on the gates to the rear where all the inventory stock was kept,” Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin said.
The 48 vehicles included Silverado pickups, Camaros and Traverse models. Many of the wheels stolen were high-interest 20- and 22-inch wheel and tire combos, but some of the sets were “nothing out of the ordinary.”
The pickups appear to have had their brake rotors set on wood blocks, but the Camaros in the photos show that they’ve been unceremoniously dumped on the asphalt.
David Bates, general manager at Peltier Chevrolet, told Automotive News that the value of the wheels and tires would total $200,000 to $250,000, but said that the final number is being calculated.
A quick math check shows that the $250,000 estimate averages out to $5,208 per vehicle. That’s out of line with the prices for which online retailers sell a full set of takeoffs for a Silverado. Steven Goss Wheels and Tires, for example, sells a set of four 20-inch gray-painted takeoffs for a Silverado for $1,499. A set of 22-inch chrome-plated Silverado wheels with Bridgestone AT tires runs $2,699, though both of these sets are out of stock, and described as quick sellers when they are available.
Since the thieves weren’t exactly careful with their work, other scratch and dent damage was probably involved in that estimate. That price is probably also the full replacement cost from Chevrolet, rather than what the wheels and tires sell for in the used market.
If you have information about the theft, contact Detective Gary King at the East Texas Auto Theft Task Force.