Wheels, Tires Taken From Cars In Scranton

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SCRANTON -- Some drivers in Scranton have recently found their cars up on cinder blocks and the wheels gone.

Scranton police say six drivers in south Scranton had their tires swiped earlier this month. Then it seemed the thieves stopped. But two more drivers, this time in the city's Hill Section, woke up and found their cars were missing all four wheels.

Now, detectives are trying to figure out who is behind these thefts and what their motivations might be.

Dave Cawley's wife typically takes her Honda Fit to work. But she woke up Monday morning to find only cinder blocks keeping the car from hitting the ground.

“My daughter woke me up at 6 this morning and said, 'Mom took the van because we have no tires on the car,’” Cawley said.

The Cawleys are among the latest victims of an unusual string of thefts, according to Scranton police. In all, eight cars - either Hondas or Toyotas - have had wheels swiped this month. Police say it happened first in south Scranton then to Dave Cawley's Hill Section neighborhood.

Just around the corner on Sherwood Court, police believe the same thieves took all four tires off of a Honda Civic but this time they left the jacks behind and police believe these might be important evidence.

Police say the thieves left the car jacks under Toyotas on Willow Street and in a few other areas of south Scranton.

One victim said the jacks saved her Toyota from further damage, but new wheels led to a hefty bill.

“It was jacked up on the one side and there were two tires missing. And the other two tires were detached but they weren't able to take them because it was too close to the curb.”

In all, police say the thieves took 16 wheels from eight different cars between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Police believe the thieves are quick and quiet. So far, no one’s spotted anything suspicious until they go out to their car in the morning.

“They're going to slip up. If someone's a criminal you're going to slip up at some point. They're not that smart. People think they are but they're not that smart.

Police say they don't know why the thieves have been targeting Hondas and Toyotas specifically but we talked to employees at a Toyota dealership in Scranton who said those models are popular and you can often find used tires for sale on the internet. That's where the stolen wheels may have ended up.



    Sounds like we need to set up some bait cars with shinny wheels. Run a 220 volt line out to the car and when the punks start using the tools to take off the tires, flip the switch. Make sure there are is some film footage of their hair standing straight up as their eyes are popping out and they are dancing around uncontrollable like Miley Cyrus on stage.

    Then there will be no waste of Tax Payer money to house them for a few years. Just about 50 cents worth of electricity could put them out of business.

  • e

    Wow. This type of crime shows me that Scranton is now officially a “ghetto”. The next step is finding burned shells of cars on cinder blocks, like I have always seen in Philadelphia and New York. Having lived in Scranton for several years there was no question in my mind the area would sink to this level, just didn’t think it would happen quite this fast.

  • JP

    4 lug honda wheels are always in demand. they interchange with any Civic made in the last 25 years. Toyota , pretty much the same deal. Every kid wants new rims for his Honda, and you wonder what the motivation is ?

  • disabled taxpayer

    about 2 week’s ago i over heard two guy’s talking about a place that buy’s good used tires for $ 10 a tire . and $ 30 for one aluminum car rim . but they did not say the name or town were the’r buying the stuff . I do see a add on craiglist now an then for used tires they are looking for no less then 100 a week . I wish the police put a phone number on the story

  • William Giordano

    i would look at used tire shops. if they take them off the rim they can resell them. the rim is scrap metal so call the recycling places. my friends mother had that happen just a few days ago she is in Wayne county just out side Honesdale. good luck.

  • CCKM

    Maybe law enforcement needs to change up their patrol times, and/or add extra patrol until these weens are caught. Not a criticism, just a thought. Or even neighborhood watch? Just have instruct the citizens not to engage, but gather as much info and description as possible, then call police.

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