32 tires and wheels stolen from dealer

Friday, January 15, 2010 | 6:35 p.m. CST; updated 6:42 p.m. CST, Friday, January 15, 2010

COLUMBIA — A Columbia car dealership has fallen victim to the theft of 32 tires and wheels off eight vehicles.

Valued at $21,440, the property was reported stolen Monday from three Chevrolet Avalanches and five Chevrolet Tahoes on the lot of Bob McCosh Chevrolet at 1 E. Business Loop, Columbia police said.

“That’s a lot of wheels and tires,” police Detective Jeff Westbrook said. That requires a lot of space, which “hints at a big truck or multiple trips.”

The individuals involved were “certainly familiar with what they are doing,” Westbrook said. “This was not spur of the moment.”

Investigators on Friday were not sure whether the stolen wheels and tires are still in the area.

A similar robbery took place in November at Joe Machens Auto, and similar thefts may have occurred in the St. Louis area.

While wheels and tires have been taken from these other locations, police “don’t have anything definitive” to link the robberies, Westbrook said.

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