NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A group of people stole “wheels off approximately 18 vehicles” from the New Rochelle Honda car dealership sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, said New Rochelle Police Captain Joseph Schaller.
The captain called the theft significant and said the police department was curious with how it was completed because of the manpower needed to remove multiple wheels from 18 vehicles. He did not know the combined price of the theft or how many wheels were stolen.
The vehicles were parked in a new and used car lot behind the dealership. In order to get into the fenced-in area, the perpetrators cut the lock, police said. Schaller said it was not an inside job.
In addition to the wheels, they also stole two bumper covers from a couple of Honda Civics in the lot and a box truck, which was used as their getaway vehicle. Schaller said the truck could have been hotwired. The affected cars were Hondas, Toyotas and one Acura, which were all left on cinder blocks.
Schaller said the dealership has been the victim of theft before in a “number of instances where catalytic converters” were stolen. Multiple calls to a dealership representative by the New Rochelle Daily Voice were not returned as of this article’s publishing.