Tire and Rim Thefts

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I just finished conducting a check into the tire and rim thefts in the 26th District.

Since July 1, 2011 and December 29, 2011 there have been 24 Thefts from Autos where tires and rims have been stolen.

The 2 biggest areas of concern are in Northern Liberties (PSA #2) and the Fishtown/Kensington Area (PSA #3). Specifically 900-1200 blocks from 2nd to 6th Street in PSA #2 and from Susquehanna to Lehigh Ave between Sepviva and Richmond Streets in PSA #3.

There have been 7 vehicles during this time period with their tires and rims stolen in that pocket of PSA #3:
3 - Honda Fits
2 - Toyota sedans
1 - Hyundai sedan
1 - Lincoln sedan

There have been 9 vehicles during this time period with their tires and rims stolen in that small pocket of PSA #2:
2 - Honda Fits
2 - Other Honda sedans
1 - Cadillac sedan
1 - Chevy sedan
1 - Ford sedan
1 - Acura sedan
1 - Lincoln sedan

There were also 2 vehicles during this same time period that had their tires and rims stolen from the 1000 and 1200 blocks of Shackamaxon Street. These vehicles were a Toyota sedan and Chevy pickup.

The thieves seem to be targeting newer model cars (2000 - 2011 models) and seem to especially like Honda Fits. I was recently asked if tire locks were a deterrent but unfortunately I am unable to tell by looking at these reports. I believe that most newer cars have tire locks and figure with this many thefts they are probably not helping all that much. Your best prevention technique would be to park your car in a well lit area close to your home and to look out for each other.

The thieves were spotted once but unable to be caught. The best description we have on the offenders is 2 Latino males approximately 18-20 years old. One of the males was described to have long, puffy hair. If you come into contact with the offenders, please do not approach but rather call 911. If anybody has any information about these thieves or where the tires and rims are being fenced please report it to 911 or contact the 26th District at

We are doing everything we can to curb this rash of thefts in these areas.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Thank you, I have cross-posted this to the SSFF site.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

gauler's picture

Thanks so much for all the communication 26th.

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sdm's picture

Saw a white Lexus up on "blocks" near York and Almond on Thursday.

"I'd trade it all for a little more."

dan

All four wheels were stolen off a 2004 Honda Civic last night on the 2200 block of Boston (near Memphis).
http://fishtown.us/content/forum/all-four-my-tires-were-stolen-last-night
for details and picture.

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

Jordan's picture

All four of my wheels were stolen last night:

http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/9995/rimss.jpg

I sent Captain Cram an email. I will call when I get home but I have a jury trial today...

Location is 2200 block of Boston Street at Boston & Memphis.

A. Jordan Rushie
Fishtown Neighbors Association - President
2424 East York Street, Suite 316
Philadelphia, PA 19125 215.385.LAW1 (5291)
Blog: www.phillylawblog.com
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bozoloper's picture

there's a toyota sienna up on blocks on coral a little north of huntingdon. it's right next to griffin's corner store.

gotta get up and be somebody.

Cutter's picture

Get wheel locks with your Fits folks. Get two on each wheel, even.

panderson's picture

I have 2 friends who have had all of their tires stolen in the last year...
both Honda Fits !

bozoloper's picture

panderson wrote:
I have 2 friends who have had all of their tires stolen in the last year...
both Honda Fits !

if i had a fit i'd chain the wheels together at night.

gotta get up and be somebody.

th's picture

bozoloper wrote:
panderson wrote:
I have 2 friends who have had all of their tires stolen in the last year...
both Honda Fits !

if i had a fit i'd chain the wheels together at night.

Or just take them off and bring them inside. Apparently it's pretty easy to do and doesn't take very long.

You wanna dance? LET'S DANCE!

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Wheel locks are only good if they don't buy the key at Pep Boys.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

scott's picture

Anyone know if they're targeting steel wheels or just alloy wheels?

CrustyZombie's picture

just saw another car with all 4 tires and rims stolen on Coral between Sergeant and Hazzard.

bozoloper's picture

CrustyZombie wrote:
just saw another car with all 4 tires and rims stolen on Coral between Sergeant and Hazzard.

must have gone right down coral st.

gotta get up and be somebody.

biggeo's picture

either, it doesn't matter as long as they can be sold , it's amazing that when mine were stolen I noticed that these local tire places like Millennium tires and Trinidad tires on Torresdale and Bridge St had plenty of rims and original tires in stock just laying out in there lots. It took me 2 weeks to get my car back because the dealer couldn't get the rims ,yet these places had plenty!!!!!

CaptainStarnsSeaFood's picture

Pure_Fishtown wrote:
Wheel locks are only good if they don't buy the key at Pep Boys.

This is an oversite- just like house keys there are many different wheel lock keys. I'm not saying they're inpossible to get off, but it's still a good deterent. you can't buy a "honda key" at pep boys that will work on all honda's.

We should find someone with a fit and leave it up by Jacquins and try to tape the guys doing this.....Who's got a fit! I have a brick camo suit!

CaptainStarnsSeaFood's picture

I'm pretty sure it's just alloy wheels, which leads to a good point.

If you have a fit or a civic, and you're worried about this, you could probably trade you alloys in for Steel wheels and hub caps.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

And you know the tire places are buying them from the thieves but turn a blind eye.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)