Wheel Theft Doesn’t Fit Pattern

Thomas MacMillan PhotosWheel thieves struck again in East Rock, but they didn’t target their usual car model.

Thieves stole the wheels off of a Toyota Venza on Edwards Street overnight Thursday.

The theft fits a recent trend of wheel thefts, with a twist on the car of choice.

In recent months, thieves have been making off with the wheels of Honda Fits. The thefts have been centered on East Rock, but have also hit Fair Haven and Westville.

Cops say that thieves target the Honda Fit because it has wheels that are good for racing and that fit older Hondas, making for easy resale.

On Friday morning, the Toyota Venza was perched precariously on a jack, milk crates, chunks of asphalt, and stacks of barbell plates.

Lt. Herb Sharp, who took over as East Rock/Newhallville top cop in December, said the district has seen only one other wheel theft in that time.

He said he doesn’t know why thieves would target a Toyota Venza.

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posted by: robn on January 17, 2014  1:52pm

In other news NHPD have no leads on the mysterious disappearance of weightlifting equipment at Planet Fitness.

posted by: Shaggybob on January 17, 2014  2:48pm

They probably needed the tires for a car they were working on or one of their own. With the cost of tires these days…..

posted by: PH on January 17, 2014  5:25pm

Fingerprint those barbells!