NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- The wheels are being swiped off cars in a New Haven neighborhood that has had this problem before.
You lock the car, set the alarm, maybe even have a lock on the gas cap. But that won't stop these thieves who are looking to steal your wheels.
A car along Wooster Square Park got a lot of second looks because it has no wheels and no tires. Thieves left it on blocks for owner, Trevor Johnson, to find.
"The first thing I thought was they booted my car because I must have a ticket, but then I realized there is no boot because there is no wheels," said Johnson.
A Blue Honda Fit on Elds Street also was stripped. The brazen bandits leaving the lug nuts behind.
A costly crime for Trevor Johnson who took a day off from work and paid for new wheels and new tires.
"I literally cant move it 'til I get wheels and I can't get wheels until I get a rental car to go and pick up wheels and bring them back, so it's a bit of a process," said Johnson.
It is the same neighborhood one year ago where New Haven Police investigated a rash of wheel-jackings, some twelve jackings in the Orange Street and Wooster Square area.
Police point out tires and wheels are virtually untraceable and can be sold for quick cash or installed on street racing cars.
Obviously Trevor Johnson can't drive his car anywhere right now, but then got two parking tickets.
"It definitely is insult to injury. I probably should have put a sign on it, hey Wooster Square neighbors sorry for the eyesore but my wheels were stolen. I didn't try and do an at home repair. Hopefully I will be able to contest those tickets," said Johnson.
The Head of New Haven's Transportation Traffic & Parking Department says the ticket was written because someone in the neighborhood complained about a car on blocks. He tells News 8 the owner just has to show them the police report and the tickets will be dismissed.
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