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Thieves steal wheels off vehicles at Ginn, Covington Ford

Two Covington auto dealerships were robbed overnight Saturday with thieves making off with truck wheels and tires.

According to reports, the wheels off four vehicles at Ginn Dodge, and wheels off another at Covington Ford were taken.

Covington Police arrived at Covington Ford, on the Bypass Road, after a call came in around 8:48 a.m. by a man looking to purchase a new vehicle. According to reports, he noticed a white Chevrolet Tahoe without tires and wheels sitting on blocks.

The dealership manager came in around 11 a.m. and viewed the tape with police. The tape revealed subjects entering the parking lot from the northwest side around 2:35 a.m. driving an “older black Dodge Concord or Intrepid.”

“They took approximately 12 minutes to take the tires off the Tahoe,” the report sad. “They put three tires in the back seat and one in the trunk.”

According to reports, the subjects, three large males, left at 2:47, and did not appear to be in a hurry.

Around 8:36 the same morning, CPD responded to Ginn Dodge, on Hwy 278, to a complainant saying he was looking at the used car lot and noticed several cars with no wheels on them.

CPD saw a white GMC Denali, blue Chevrolet Tahoe, black Dodge Ram and brown Ford F-150 without wheels. According to reports all vehicles were sitting on the ground, except the black Dodge Ram, which was on four paver stones.

According to reports the lug nuts were still on the scene and in the area of the vehicles.

Store personnel told the CPD officer there were no cameras that looked at the area involved.

Capt. Craig Treadwell said CPD has stepped up patrol in area car lots since the robberies took place.