Boosting tires from an unattended car in relatively open -- but empty -- area is one thing. But stealing tires from a car sitting in a family’s driveway? That’s pretty bold.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to one family in Harris County, Texas.
"We thought we took every step possible to try and prevent it," victim Missy Draper said of the family’s $4,000 loss, according to KTRK-TV.
Despite the presence of a security camera and wheel locks, the thieves successfully made off with the tires in the early hours of Saturday.
"Couldn't believe that this happened to us," Draper said.
Surprisingly enough, it took the thieves an unusually long amount of time to pull off the heist.
"Come to find out, they were here for about 40 to 45 minutes," Draper said.
The thieves weren’t even smooth about the operation. In fact, one of the thieves was almost crushed after the backend of the family’s Chevy Tahoe tilted backwards under its weight.
"It was also a reminder to us that something really bad could happen to these guys. They continue to do this to other vehicles and eventually they could get hurt, and it could lead to a homeowner taking action and they could end up losing their life," Draper said.
So perhaps the thieves aren’t so much bold as they are desperate and didn’t think the operation through all the way.
The family uploaded their surveillance footage to a community webpage in hopes that someone recognizes the thieves.
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Featured image via KTRK-TV.