Thieves Steal Police Cruiser Wheels

South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – The Post and Courier in Charleston is reporting the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office is in the market for a new set of tires.

Authorities say some rubber-hungry thieves stole a brand new set of tires off a Dorchester County sheriff’s car Monday night and then left the squad car sitting on cinderblocks.

Deputies claimed they left the new squad car at Mr. Sign on East 5th North Street so workers could detail the car with badges and other law enforcement markings.

Sheriff’s Major John Garrison said it must have been too tempting a target sitting in the lot overnight.

When shop manager Jamie Lucarelli arrived at the shop yesterday morning at 7:30, he said the cruiser was just sitting on cement blocks the thieves had brought with them.

“They jacked it up, grabbed the wheels and took off,” Lucarelli said. “They were brave.”

Lucarelli told the Charleston Post and Courier that the shop is located in a pretty highly traveled well lit area and that the risk must have been worth the reward, which he values at approximately $1,600.

Authorities say for now they do not have any leads or suspects.

This is the second time in that last year that the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office has been victimized by bandits.

About a year ago, thieves cut through the fence at the agency’s evidence compound and got away with 225 pounds of copper wiring recovered from previous thefts.

“It just shows nobody is immune,” Major Garrison said. “If they’ll take it from us, they’ll take it from anybody.”

By: South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney Pete Strom