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Tire thefts keeping trucks parked in Watson

Half a dozen reports of stolen tires in the past week

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 5:19pm

WATSON, La (WGMB)--Imagine waking up to find your vehicle without wheels.

That's the case for about a half dozen people in Watson. The victims are all owners of either GMC or Chevy trucks with 20 inch tires. And they're all reporting the same crime.

The tires, rims and lugnuts are gone, and the only thing left is the jack holding the vehicle up. The guess is that the wheel stealers are trying to make quick cash. That's because replacing each tire costs up to $1500.

"I can't even put my fingers on it," says one of the victims, Johnny Long. "Because nobody in here's ever had anything stolen and now everybody's on alert."

Detectives don't have much to go on right now. They say the best way to keep your vehicles safe is to keep your eye on it.

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