Another Riverhead car dealer reports rim, tire thefts

Less than a week after Riverhead Town police began searching for someone who stole three sets of tires and rims from a Riverhead car dealer, a second dealership has reported that thousands of dollars’ worth of tires and rims were swiped from more than a half-dozen new vehicles.

Workers at the Riverhead Ford Lincoln dealer on Route 58 told police last Thursday that sometime overnight somebody had stolen all four 20-inch tires and rims from each of seven different Ford Edges, worth a total of $36,134, according to police reports. According to a police report, the tireless cars were “left on plastic milk crates and old tires.”

Additionally, four tire rims were taken from a gray GMC Sierra between 4:25 and 8:48 a.m., police said. Riverhead detectives are investigating the theft.

Town police had previously said that three sets of tires were taken early last Sunday, Nov. 16, from brand-new vehicles at Apple Honda on Route 58 in Riverhead.

Police say an officer on patrol may have stumbled on the crime while it was happening, since a fourth set of tires was lying on the ground when the officer arrived on the scene about 1:30 a.m.

Police dogs searched the area but couldn’t find a suspect. Apple Honda valued the stolen items at $5,000, police said.
Anyone with information about the alleged crimes is asked to contact the Riverhead Town Police Department at 631-727-4500.