HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Harris County deputies and the Texas Rangers are asking for the public's help to put a stop to what they believe is a theft ring targeting GMC and Chevrolet rims and tires at homes in southeast Harris County.
They’ve had 31 cases, all within just miles of each other.
Deputies with Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 2 say two suspects stole several tires and rims around 4 a.m. Dec. 18, 2017, off a Chevrolet truck at a home in the 9400 block of Windy Spring Lane. Video surveillance shows the two suspects removing the tires and rims, then leaving the scene.
Less than two minutes is the fastest deputies have seen thieves take off with the tires and rims.
“They’re all going to be the 20-inch factory rims. Chrome. They’re not after market," said Dwayne Pacifico with Precinct 2 Constable's Office.
Investigators say they’re quick and they’re clever.
“They're using landscaping bricks, and they’re bringing them with them. There have been a few instances where maybe something doesn’t work with one of them and they’ll pull them out of your garden," Pacifico said.
The Texas Rangers have helped sketch drawings of the two men in the surveillance video, but investigators believe there could be as many as four to six men involved.
GMC and Chevrolet, Texas Edition trucks, made 2014 or later, are the target.
“Underneath this cap, you’ll have your six lug nuts. One particular lug nut has a key," Jeffery Godwyn said.
Godwyn got locks on his tires and his tailgate five years ago, the second he bought his Chevy Silverado.
“There have been some incidents that we’ve recognized in the past of some vandalism, tires being stolen," Godwyn said.
But he says the risk may not equal the reward.
“You may end up losing your life over it. I mean is it worth stealing some tires when someone in the neighborhood may come out shooting? It’s just it’s not worth it," Godwyn said.
If you have any information about who the two men might be, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at (713)-222-TIPS (8477).