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UPDATED: Tires and rims stolen from Garner car dealership

Similar thefts have been reported at dealerships in Mason City and Albert Lea.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 10:43 AM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 7:48 PM

GARNER – Authorities are investigating another incident of tires and rims being stolen off vehicles at a dealership.

The Garner Police Department is looking into stolen tires and rims from Ollenburg Motors. Six vehicles that had chrome wheels were stolen, and the vehicles were put on blocks during the theft.

Rex Ollenburg didn't expect to see this coming into work Wednesday morning.

"We had six in total, mostly all bigger rims, 20 inch in size approximately, and all trucks."

And they do not come cheap to replace - an average of $5,000 per vehicle. Take that and multiply it by 6, that's $30,000.

Ollenburg Motors believes it happened between midnight and 4 a.m.

Justin Cleveland is a manager at Mason City Motor Company, which was hit by thieves two weeks ago and had six vehicles with missing tires and rims, and says that they have taken steps towards enhanced security.

They moved their vehicles with valuable rims and tires towards the front of the lot for visibility, better lighting and added security cameras and heat/motion sensors. He advises other dealerships to do the same.

"Definitely put everything that's valuable to you as far as the big rims and tires along the road or in nice lighting, and around cameras."

Ollenburg bought cameras after Mason City Motor's incident that have not yet been installed, but after Wednesday's incident, they're definitely going up.

"The next step will be dealing with insurance and then getting the security cameras installed after that."

Albert Lea Motor Company had a similar theft to their business in April.

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