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Thousands of dollars' worth of tires, van stolen from Brown Co. dealership

Trucks are supported on blocks Oct. 17, 2017, at Dorsch Ford in Bellevue, one day after tires were stolen. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

BELLEVUE, Wis. (WLUK) -- Forty tires are gone and several windows smashed at the Dorsch dealership in Bellevue off of Interstate Highway 43.

It's a crime the Brown County Sheriff's Department has never seen before.

Capt. Jody Lemmens with the Brown County Sheriff's Department told FOX 11, "it would have taken our suspects a significant amount of time to commit the act and most of our crimes that happen in our community are crimes of opportunity or crimes of convenience."

Eight Ford trucks and two Lincoln Navigator SUVs were put on these blocks so thieves could pull out the tires and rims. That's a total loss of about $60,000-$72,000.

Lemmens said, "they were 20-inch to 22-inch tires, the suspect has bypassed other tires that were available so for whatever reason, the 20-inch to 22-inch tires were the high ticket item."

Keys to the cars were inside lock boxes. The lock boxes were attached to the car windows. Thieves smashed the windows of several trucks to get access to the keys.

"I'm not sure if they used the keys to access anything within the vehicle to remove the tires, I don't know," Lemmens admits.

Although Lemmens didn't know why suspects needed the keys, there were a set of keys used to steal a $34,000 van.

A 2017 Ford R2CB Transit 250 MR white van was also stolen. The van is similar to the vehicle in the picture but doesn't have a rear window.

The vehicle identification number for the van is 1FTYR2CM2HKA59666.

Lemmens said it's "a van that they believed was used to transport the tires from the scene."

Now, investigators are reviewing security cameras and asking other auto dealerships for help.

"The fact that it was next to the highway, chances are the suspects took the stolen items out of the area so we have pushed this out throughout the state," Lemmens said.

Lemmens thinks there were at least two or three people who committed the crime.

She said the best leads will come from people who may know someone selling 20-inch to 22-inch tires.

Dorsch is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information should call the Brown County Sheriff's Office at (920) 448-4230.


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