Prince William County police said a rash of tire thefts have occurred at Virginia Railway Express parking lots and garages.
Since early July, police said there have been several reports of tire and rim larcenies from vehicles parked between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Police said they have increased their patrols, but are asking for the public’s help in solving these cases.
“We feel bad about the fact this situation is going on,” VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said. “The jurisdictions have been very good about getting out there and having officers around, but they can’t be there 24-7 so there will be times the facilities are at risk.”
Police said they responded to three cases on July 15, around 4:30 p.m. at the parking garage located on the 1000 block of Express Drive in Woodbridge. In two cases, all four tires and rims were removed, police said, and in another just the four tires were taken. The total estimated damage for the three cases was about $13,000, police said.
On July 28, police responded to the commuter lot located on the corner of Route 1 and Dumfries Road around 3:30 p.m. One vehicle was missing all four tires and a stereo, police said, noting entry appeared to be through a smashed passenger window. The second vehicle only had one tire missing. The total estimated damage for the two cases was about $3,000, police said.
VRE officials said this is the first rash of tire thefts, but not the first time they have had problems in the garages and lots. About 18 months ago, there was a series of car break-ins. Not long ago, VRE officials said, there was a series of catalytic converter thefts. VRE officials said the lots and garages belong to the jurisdictions, which patrol the properties and report issues to VRE.
Police said anyone with information should call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. Callers have a chance to earn up to a $1,000 reward.