April 18, 2014

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Thieves hotwire rig, steal tires in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Police are searching for information on how thieves entered a truck repair center and left with a tractor-trailer and $23,700 worth of tires.

According to a police report, the theft was discovered at about 5:45 a.m. Friday when an employee at Wingfoot, a commercial tire and truck service and repair business in the 2900 block of Center Road, noticed several trailers on the lot had damaged locks and equipment missing.

In all, 135 recapped tires, valued at $18,000, and 75 truck tire cores, valued at $5,700, were reported stolen.

Police said in their report they believe the thieves loaded the tires into a tractor-trailer valued at $30,000. The truck, a 2005 Freightliner, was dropped off at the business for repairs on Nov. 26 by its owner. Because the keys to the truck were found in the office at Wingfoot, police believe the thieves hotwired the truck.

Another tractor-trailer on the lot, owned by Wingfoot, had window damage and the ignition ripped out of the console. The police report indicated it looked like the thief or thieves failed in an attempt to hotwire that vehicle.

Police also recovered a pickup that belongs to Elite Dance Academy on North Industrial Parkway in Brunswick. The truck had been hotwired and police indicated they believe the thieves arrived in the truck and left it in the Wingfoot lot when they stole the tractor-trailer.

On Saturday, police reported they received a call from Gary, Ind., reporting the tractor-trailer was found on the lot of a gas station in Gary. The tires were gone.

Sgt. Sam Millam said his office is working with other businesses near Wingfoot to try to obtain any video footage of the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Brunswick Police Department at (330) 225-9111.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.