Thieves in rental truck steal used tires from two Mooresville businesses

Rack outside an auto shop where at least a dozen tires where stolen from. (WTHR Photo/Rich Nye)

MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) – Security cameras caught two thieves using a Budget rental truck to steal used tires and wheels from two different auto businesses in Mooresville.

Security video that was captured Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m. shows the two men taking a dozen used tires from a rack behind Marino’s Automotive.

"They just kind of pulled up and nonchalantly walked over and took them off the rack and threw them in the truck,” said John Marino, owner of the auto repair shop. "The value is not real significant because they are used tires. But it's just the thought. If they would have come to me asked, if they needed tires, I probably would have given them to them."

The thieves were in and out of Marino’s Automotive in two-and-a-half minutes. About 30 minutes later, they found another accessible tire rack seven miles away and took another 20 or 30 tires and wheels from Valley Motors just off State Road 67.

Security video from the used car lot shows the same Budget rental truck arriving at 2:59 a.m. and leaving at 3:08 a.m.

Valley Motors and police have received tips about possible suspects.

"Possibly these are some guys that are selling tires and wheels somewhere in the Fountain Square area,” said Valley Motors general manager Dave Detamore. “We had two different people call us and tell us they've seen that kind of thing going on."

This is the second time thieves have stolen used tires from Marino's Automotive, but the first time with a rental truck.

"You just kind of feel violated in a way,” said Marino, who has been in business for about 15 years in Mooresville.

"You feel invaded,” said Detamore.

Valley Motors has operated in Mooresville for 35 years.

Detamore says they get hit by thieves about twice a year, but usually they use power saws to cut catalytic convertors off vehicles in the lot.

Mooresville police and the Morgan County sheriff are both investigating leads in this case. Anyone with information about the two men or the Budget truck is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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