STONEWALL, LA (KSLA)- $75,000 worth of tires and rims were stolen from the Jimmy Granger Ford dealership in Stonewall, Louisiana. It happened early Sunday morning while it was still dark. The thieves left the trucks sitting on pre-cut wooden blocks.
"We're normally lit up pretty bright out here, but they had all the back lights to the new car lot cut," Jimmy Granger tells KSLA News 12.
Tuesday, crews worked to get those lights back on. Granger tells us nothing like this has happened at his Ford dealership in the 13 years he's owned it.
"Obviously it was professional guys. They left them all on blocks, cleaned up after themselves."
And they left 23 crippled Ford F-150s behind.
Investigators say it happened fast.
"The last time Stonewall P.D. went through there, they checked it at 1:30. Got a call, and he also responded back at 4:30. That's when he found all the tires missing," says Corporal Dusty Herring with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.
He says there's no way one person could have done this.
"Obviously they have experience doing this type stuff---wheels and tire work. They also had some type of vehicle that's going to allow them to do that---Some type of covered trailer or cargo trailer or something like that."
They are working some leads.
"There are a few things that we're looking into that indicate that we kind of know who to look for. We just don't know their identity. We know where some tools were bought, and stuff like that."
"I hope they catch them, and put them in jail," Granger says.
Granger tells us the trucks will be fixed- "We got 45 wheels in today. We'll have the rest of them in by tomorrow."
He expects they'll be ready to roll in a couple of days.
Anyone who may have information on this crime is asked to call DeSsoto Parish investigators at 800-505-STOP or 800-505-7867.