Navasota Police say thieves broke into Texas Custom Outfitters off Highway 6 in Grimes County, leaving 20 vehicles on blocks. This is the second crime of this magnitude in the Brazos Valley in the last two days.
According to the police report, during the course of the theft several vehicles windows were broken and the door frames were damaged. It is believed this was done to gain access to the vehicles to get the keys for the wheel locks that were in the consoles or glove box.
The approximate value of the thefts and damage is $ 90,000.00. Navasota investigators have learned this is not an isolated incident, there were other businesses in the surrounding area where tire thefts were committed that are similar in method.
On Sunday Derek Scott's Auto Park in Hearne was burglarized. Police say the thieves broke in sometime Saturday night, disabling the electricity to the parking lot and stealing 156 wheels and tires from 39 GMC Model Trucks and SUV's.
“What's so obvious about the situation is they took the same style wheel and left the other styles, so they've got a need for the 20’ aluminum wheel and tire,” said Owner, Derek Scott. “I don’t know if there is a certain market on that tire, but you’ll find they didn’t touch some vehicles because I guess it didn’t have what they wanted.”
This investigation is currently active and investigators are following up on possible leads. Anyone having any information concerning this crime can contact Navasota Police Department at 936-825-6124 and ask to speak with an investigator.