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Truckers on alert after big rig tire thefts

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FORT WORTH, Texas -

North Texas truckers say tires and wheels are being stolen off their rigs and they think it's organized and spreading. But they're hoping surveillance video will help police catch the thieves.

"These criminals are very brazen to do this in broad daylight," said John Pope with Muirhead Trucking in Mabank, south of Dallas.

The video shows a utility-type truck pull up to one of Muirhead's trucks parked at a plant in Fort Worth. The suspects quickly got to work removing the eight rear wheels.

"It's starting to become a regular occurrence. One guy may be hit one time a year, but pull everybody together and it's a weekly deal," Pope said.

After about 20 minutes the video shows the suspects' truck pulling away loaded with tires and wheels that can easily be sold on the street for as much as $2,000 to $3,000.

Pope said replacing the tires is bad enough for a big company, but it can be devastating for an independent truck trying to squeeze out a living.

'When you're a bigger company you can buy tires cheaper because you buy more," he said. "Where as an individual these tires cost more than mine right off the bat plus he has no revenue to swallow a loss like that."

Fort Worth police are investigating. People in the trucking industry are also sharing surveillance and networking to warn each other.

 

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