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Brazen Thieves Lift Wheels, Leave Car on Blocks

(source: Mike W)

(source: Mike W)

Dec. 23, 2015 Staff Report

The tire and rim bandits are back.

The owner of a new car parked on 50th Avenue and 45th Street lost his/her four tires and rims on Friday, according to two residents.

The car was left resting on blocks, and the passenger side window was smashed in as the thieves gained access to the vehicle.

Mike W, who sent photos of the vehicle, said “this sucks, especially given it’s the holidays.”

Two years ago several car owners discovered their cars on blocks, particularly on blocks near Skillman Avenue. However, the activity ceased and the police made some arrests.

To decrease the chances of being targeted, the police recommend that residents cut their front wheels toward the curb when they park.



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Look on the bright side. 1 by 1, hipsters move in, raising housing prices. And at the same time, 1(2 or 3?) by 1, thugs, low life’s, and F2L’s depart. In the end, less crime, more culture, and yes, higher housing prices! You can all thank me and my friends for moving, helping to rid of rotten Sunnysyde scum that’s been lingering for decades.

Tyler Durden

Rotten Sunnyside scum? Chances are if they are doing their bidding here, they don’t live here. Keep your craft beers, thrift shops and vintage vinyl on the other side of Newtown creek. We are just fine over here. And if you do decide to come to OUR neighborhood, let’s just hope you can stay alive in a community so chock full of low lives and thugs. Sleep tight.

Dino Velvet

With 2 cordless impact drill/drivers, you can have all four wheels off & in the getaway van in less than 3 minutes…


some people have far more money than BRAINS……why would you park a new car on the street……..????

maybe paying $150 for an off street space or garage is not so expensive after all…….hmmmmm

fake Donald trump

They keep stealing cheap stuff like tires and rims mazdas. Its not a high end car theft ring. I guess the thinking here is quantity not quality. Like i said cheap cars sonatas,maximas,ect. I guess theres money in volume


Was the car equipped with wheel locks? It takes a much more sofisticated operation to do this if the car has wheel locks. Would be nice to know, so we could tell what we’re dealing with.

Tyler Durden

Even cordless impact wrenches make noise…ESPECIALLY in the middle of the night. Breaking a window most likely makes some noise too, not to mention most cars today come with a factory alarm. But even if it was the middle of the night, that doesn’t mean EVERYONE is sleeping. I work nights, get home at 12am, don’t go to sleep until 5am. Keep your eyes and ears open neighbors.

Del Toro

Everyone locks their door at night, right, lock your wheels too. Now, looking at the broken window, it’s possible this one had locks and they broke the window and got the locks from glovebox to remove the wheels.

There is no way they can steel all four and put them on blocks without electric tools and they will make some noise not to mention shattered window.

Yes, people care less and less in this neighborhood.
And let me make a guess, those people who got arrested 2 yrs ago are out. Go find them, you’ll have your answers, these guys don’t move in and out of this business. Once they are in, they are in forever.

Tyler Durden

Cordless impact drills still make noise… Especially in the middle of the night. You say “THIS HAPPEND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT” like past a certain time, everything shuts down. I work nights I get in at 12am and dont usually go to sleep before 5am. No excuses. Keep your eyes and ears open people. And always watch your six.

Del Toro

Your regular dewalt does not have have enough torque to remove those lugnuts. Unless they have high powered impact drills, those will make a lot of noise and to remove 5 nuts from 4 wheels, 20 nuts and broken window, there is no way they didn’t make any noise. People in that are just don’t care unless it’s their car, this is all I have to say.

Tyler Durden

There are apartment windows DIRECTLY in front of this car. NOT ONE person saw or heard this happen? Ridiculous. Really starting to miss the days old ladies hung out and watched everything that happened on the block. Cops would have been there, before the car was even in the air.

Craic Dealer

Like I’ve said, police can’t be everywhere every time. It’s up to the neighborhood to preserve its integrity. Criminals would stay away.


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