Tractor-trailer tires, rims stolen from six Greensboro businesses

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police say there have been several more cases of tire and rim thefts from tractor-trailer yards across Greensboro since the first cases were reported nearly three months ago.

Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said the most recent theft at Central Carolina Trucks, located at 8015 Industrial Village Road, made it the sixth business to be burglarized in the city.

In the Central Carolina Trucks theft, employees told police on May 14 that 20 tractor-trailer tires and rims, valued at about $16,000, were stolen from three new Volvo tucks.  Danielsen said the suspects were able to enter the business by cutting a section of the surrounding fence. She said the theft likely occurred over the weekend.

The same weekend, Danielsen said somebody forced their way into the Transource Truck and Trailer Centers at 8700 Triad Drive in the same manner.  Employees told police that the lug nuts on four tires had been tampered with, but nothing was found to have been stolen.

Transource Truck and Trailer Centers was targeted less than one month prior on March 24, when 48 wheels and tires were stolen, Danielsen said.

The first case in 2012 was reported on Feb. 28, when nearly 24 tires and rims were stolen after police said thieves forced their way into the parking lot of Triad Freightliner at 6420 Burnt Poplar Road. The value of the stolen tires and rims was estimated at more than $40,000.

On March 19, employees with Whites International at 7045 Albert Pick Road reported a similar break-in in which thieves made off with more than 40 wheels taken from tractor-trailers. Again, the value of the stolen tires and rims was estimated at more than $40,000.

On April 26, 23 tires and rims were reported stolen from Piedmont Truck Tires, located at 312 South Regional Road.

On May 1, 42 wheels and tires were stolen from Cooper Kentworth, located at 6422 Burnt Poplar Road.

Danielsen said investigators believe the same culprits are responsible for each break-in, though no suspects have been identified or described.

Again, Danielsen said the police department is advising businesses that deal with tractor-trailers and heavy-duty trucks to take additional security measures and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 373-1000.