LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Since May, there have been six cases of wheel theft in Lake Charles. Two of them happened on Tuesday, and in both cases, the automobiles were Silverado trucks with factory rims.
Uzell Pettis says his rims were stolen on Monday night, and didn't know about it until his neighbor came to his house Tuesday morning.
His neighbor, Jerry "Cowboy" LaSalle, says, "when I got up, I know I had to take my trash out, I looked at his truck, saw the wheels, and saw they were leaning, then I said look like somebody took them."
Evidence of lug nuts scattered all over the yard and tire tracks in the grass along side his house leads Uzell to believe it was "professionals". Uzell says, "it was no fingerprints, I think it was professionals because it was no noise or nothing, it took them maybe about 10 minutes."
In South Lake Charles, the victim - who declined to go on camera - suffered the same problem. This person also had a Silverado truck with factory rims. It was outside of their home, at night, and they didn't hear a thing.
To lower your chances of having your rims stolen, Michael Tugwell from Auto-Expressions believes there is a possible solution. He says, "the best thing you can do is a lock for your wheel, it's an actual lug nut which you put on your truck that got a key that you attach to it, and you can only take it off with that key, it won't guarantee that they take it but they have to be very good to be able to get those wheels off with the lock."
It's a small part, but it could keep you from being the next victim.
If you may have any information about possible suspects in these tire thefts, you can call the Lake Charles Police Department at 491-1311.