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Police investigating 50 tire and rim heists in Howard County

Posted: 6:32 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 10:33:00-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Heading out the door only to find your car leaning on bricks or cartons because the tires and rims were stolen.

It's happening again and again.

A few weeks ago, in Canton, and now dozens of times in Howard County.

Howard County Police released dash video that caught two suspects who they believe are responsible for at least some of the over 50 tire and rim robberies in the last year.

The video is from an apartment complex parking lot on the 3100 block of Wheaton Way.

“I saw a white Honda on cinder blocks just sitting there for about a week,” said Shimene Scoby who lives in the neighborhood.

It’s a quick operation- two men, less than a minute and all four tires and rims gone.

“I’m in the automotive industry so I know one person could pick up a car, one person loosens the lug nuts and another person take the wheel or whatever,” said Brian Goglio.

Goglio has had things stolen out of his truck, but he has wheel and lug nut locks.

He’s seen first hand the costly headache people have to deal with when this happens.

“Had a brand-new Honda Accord had all 4 wheels stolen right out of the persons driveway,” Goglio said.

Howard County Police said that installing dash cams and doorbell cameras can be deterrent, as well as parking in well-lit areas.

Heists that cost thousands of dollars while taking away peace of mind.

Police say the thieves stole rims and tires from a vehicle in the area of 3100 Wheaton Way on June 22 and are asking for the public's help identifying the suspects.

The suspects are described as two black males driving what appears to be a 2017-2018 black Chevy Malibu.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDCrimeTips@howardcountymd.gov.