Rear wheels stolen off SUV in Fort Worth’s Ryan Place

Posted Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A Fort Worth couple awoke Thursday morning to find the rear wheels from their SUV gone.

Zoe Pierce was rushing out the door to take her 14-year-old son, Eliot, to school when she made the discovery shortly after 8 a.m. She said the thieves also took a spare tire that had been mounted under the 2007 Chevy Tahoe.

“I just stopped in my tracks,” Pierce said. “It took me a minute. My tires are gone! No, wait a minute. My whole wheels are gone!”

Pierce said the Tahoe had been parked in the driveway of her Ryan Place home on Sixth Avenue.

“It was in the driveway, not in the street, and it’s pulled up right to the side of my house,” Pierce said. “These people had to come onto my property to do what they did.”

She said the thieves evidently brought their own tools, likely committing the theft sometime between midnight and 6 a.m.

“They put it very neatly on two cinder block pavers,” Pierce said, adding they left the blocks behind. “Police said to me this was a very targeted crime. They’d been lurking around and they needed a certain type of wheel to fit a certain Tahoe.”

Pierce said the Tahoe was also unlocked, although she is certain that she had locked it the previous night. Nothing was taken from the inside, she said, because she leaves nothing of value in her SUV.

But replacing the stolen wheels cost Pierce and her husband, Glen, more than $1,500.

“Now they make them with special locking lug nuts and we went out and bought those,” Pierce said.

Though the neighborhood has struggled with thefts, Pierce said officers who took her police report Thursday say its the first wheel theft that they’ve heard of in the area.

“It’s an unsettling feeling to feel like your sacred space is permeable,” Pierce said. “Anybody can come in at any time and take what they want.”

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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