Tire Thefts on the Rise in Odessa

Tire Thefts on the Rise in Odessa

By Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - "Walk out, open the door, and then see all four tires--well, no tires--the vehicle was on bricks," Yuniva Lozana said. That's the problem many Odessa residents have been waking up to.

Odessa Police Department say they are continuing to get more reports of tires and rims being stolen off of vehicles, and that it's a crime that comes and goes in spurts.

Lozana woke up around three in the morning on Friday to her dogs barking. Her neighbors told her she saw two people in the front yard, but didn't realize what was happening. All it took the thieves was just five minutes, and they were gone.

"What they're doing is, they're taking all of the tires off and placing the entire vehicle on four cinder blocks," Steve LeSueur, spokesperson for the Odessa Police Department said. "So more than likely it's multiple suspects and they obviously know what they're doing."

On Wednesday, a 91-year-old veteran woke up to find his car on cinder blocks as well. Just a block away from his house, another family who did not want their faces shown, fell victim to the tire thieves about a month ago.

"The front was parked up on bricks from my neighbor's flower bed and the back was parked up on broken cinder block bricks that he later identified that were bricks that were in his alley that he was going to throw away," Andria Millican said.

Both families say the tire thefts are extremely frustrating, especially with the holiday season in full swing.

"Because you have your mind set on buying gifts for everybody. You know we already have plans, what to pay, what to do," Lozana said.

"You have to pay for your deductible and pay to get that replaced and you know it puts us, the people who are in that situation and had that happen to, they are the ones that have to come up with the money," Millican said.

If you know anything about these crimes, please call the Odessa Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.