Seacoast car dealerships being targeted by black market thieves
PORTSMOUTH - City police are asking for help from the public after several car dealerships have been targeted for vandalism and theft.
Police said the people responsible are clearly savvy and veteran criminals.
They are going after Chevrolet, Chrysler Dodge and Cadillac pick-up truck parts. In some cases, special edition rims and tires that have resale values of up to $2,000 have been stolen.
Police said the crimes are often committed late at night, and the thieves are very methodical in how they get the tires and rims off the cars.
First, police said, they use a jack to lift the car, then they smash the front windows searching for a lug wrench. They carefully remove every bolt - and in some cases - place the cars on cinder blocks when they are finished.
Some car salesmen in the area said there is an extensive black market for car parts on the Seacoast.
"There is an incredible truck market in this area because of plumbers and electricians and contractors in general," said Chuck Barrett, who works at one of the targeted dealerships. "So the pick-up is a very desirable vehicle."
Anyone with information about the crimes can leave anonymous tips with Seacoast Crime Stoppers at (603) 431-1199.